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Microsoft plans Exchange Server 2013 SP1 release for early 2014

Microsoft is readying the first  Exchange Server 2013 service pack for release early next year, the company said Wednesday

In a post on the Exchange Team Blog, Brian Shiers, the Exchange technical product manager, said Exchange admins can expect to see a number of new and improved features with the SP1 release.

The most anticipated feature of SP1 will be support for Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft will bring back a feature left out in Exchange 2013: S/MIME, which will support OWA, ActiveSync clients and Outlook. SP1 will also include Exchange 2013’s Edge Transport server role. SP1 will roll in all of the fixes that have been released in Exchange 2013 cumulative updates.

Exchange admins will have to update their Active Directory to use SP1. Shiers recommended that admins plan for the AD change well in advance so they can quickly take advantage of SP1 after its release.

Shiers also addressed Cumulative Update 3 and the timing of releasing SP1 first. He said news for a CU3 release is “imminent” and will be discussed “very soon,” but gave no indication of a timeframe.

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