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Exchange Server 2007 ready to go

The server that Microsoft describes as the cornerstone to its collaboration strategy – Exchange Server 2007 – was released to manufacturing late this week.

Exchange Server 2007, which is the last of the big three products touted in Microsoft's November launch, is finally ready for its close up.

Microsoft said the latest edition of its messaging server, Exchange Server 2007, was released to manufacturing Friday morning. The product has been in trial for about a year and a half. The company released Office 2007 and its new Vista desktop operating system in late November.

"We've invested more time in documentation and deployment guidance than we have for any other release previously," according to Microsoft's Exchange team blog.

Among the first-time features of this latest messaging product is the implementation of server roles, a requirement for 64-bit servers and more efficient operation, which allows more memory to be available for other purposes.

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Microsoft has been pointing to Exchange Server 2007 as a way for users to easily communicate with almost everyone -- no matter what device they're using and no matter where they are. Users will be able to get and change their calendar, contacts and email just by calling into Exchange Server 2007 and giving voice commands.

One security option for Exchange Server 2007 was also released with the messaging server. Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server, which protects users against viruses, spam and worms, is also available. The software was based on Sybari Software Inc.'s Antigen technology. Microsoft acquired Sybari last year.

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