Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 beta ready for download

Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 beta ready for download

Summary: Microsoft has begun rolling out the first beta of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Exchange Server 2007, according to a blog posting on Microsoft's TechNet site. Exchange Server 2007 shipped just over four months ago, in December 2006.

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Microsoft has begun rolling out the first beta of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Exchange Server 2007, according to a blog posting on Microsoft's TechNet site.

Microsoft launched Exchange Server 2007 a little over four months ago, in December 2006.

The first beta is available to select Microsoft Developer Network and TechNet subscribers for download, starting April 11, according to the TechNet posting.

In February, Microsoft Exchange team members blogged that the first beta of SP1 would be available in April. The final version of SP1 for Exchange Server 2007 is slated to ship in the latter half of 2007, around the same time that Longhorn Server ships, officials added.

Softies said to expect not just bug fixes, but also a number of new features to debut as part of Exchange 2007 SP1. Among them:

* Continuous standby replication (for customers using Exchange in clustered datacenter environments)

* New mobility-focused policies

* New Outlook Web Access functionality, including support for personal distirbution lists, S/MIME, monthly calendar views and support for viewing Office 2007 file formats as HTML

* Native IPv6 networking support

The release notes for Exchange 2007 SP1 are available on Microsoft's download site, and have been there since late March, as reported by WinBeta.org.

Speaking of service packs, anyone hearing more on the whereabouts of Windows Vista SP1?

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