News

Exchange 2003 SP2 Preview Code to Post Friday

Microsoft plans to release a Community Technology Preview of Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 on Friday.

CTPs are replacing beta releases for many Microsoft products. They've been used especially heavily in the SQL Server 2005 pre-release testing process.

In addition to security and stability fixes, changes in Exchange Server 2003 SP2 will include new functionality for e-mail mobility, spam protection and mailboxes.

Mobility enhancements will include additional data compression and Outlook properties, greater control over security and new optional support for certificate-based authentication. Changes intended to improve Exchange's anti-spam capabilities involve an overhaul of the Exchange Intelligent Message Filter and new support for the Sender ID e-mail authentication protocol. In the area of mailboxes, storage size limits are increased to 75 GB and there's a new offline address book format, enforcement of cached mode to improve performance and more granular control of public folder management.

Some of the functionality in the Exchange service pack won't be testable in the CTP. Mobility features dependent on Windows Mobile 5.0 devices can't be tried until those devices start shipping later this year and next year. There are also security features that will rely on changes to be made in Outlook 2003 Service Pack 2, which won't be released until later this year.

The service pack CTP is supposed to be available here sometime Friday.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • Secured-Core PCs Promise To Stop Malware at the Firmware Level

    Microsoft and its hardware partners recently described new "Secured-core" PCs, which add protections against firmware-based attacks.

  • How To Ransomware-Proof Your Backups: 4 Key Best Practices

    Backups are the only guaranteed way to save your data after a ransomware attack. Here's how to make sure your backup strategy has ransomware mitigation built right in.

  • Microsoft Buys Mover To Aid Microsoft 365 Shifts

    Microsoft announced on Monday that it bought Mover to help organizations migrate data and shift to using Microsoft 365 services.

  • Mark Hurd, Oracle Co-CEO, Dies at 62

    Oracle co-CEO and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Mark Hurd died last Friday at the age of 62 from unspecified causes.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.