Microsoft today announced what is coming later this year as part of Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1). SP1 will encompass all the fixes and tweaks from the roll-ups that have already been released. In addition to improvements directly based on customer feedback since RTM, the team says SP1 includes new feature tweaks such as archiving and discovery enhancements, Outlook Web App improvements, mobile user and management improvements, and additional UI for management tasks.
Microsoft is not yet ready to share timeline details for SP1. The company did, however, confirm that a beta of SP1 should be available for download in parallel with TechEd North America this June. Redmond is staying mute when it comes to talking about a second beta or release candidate, and didn’t even give a release timeframe for the service pack. That said, we think it’s safe to say SP1 will be out before the end of the year. Exchange Server 2010 became available worldwide in November 2009. Taking Exchange Server 2007 into consideration, which saw its RTM arrive in November 2006 and SP1 arrive in November 2007, we think Exchange Server 2010 SP1 should arrive around November 2010, but nothing is set in stone.
For more information, check out the 12-minute video below (Silverlight) which features the Exchange team’s Ann Vu and Ian Hameroff discussing the investments the team has made around archiving in Exchange 2010.
The Exchange team breaks down each of the features a bit more at the links below (the team’s blog post and the whitepaper). Remember that what is being revealed today is not an all-inclusive list: Microsoft will have a much more thorough changelog in the coming months as we get closer to the beta release. We’ll keep you posted as the development cycle rolls forward.
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