Microsoft Plans Coordinated Launch of Exchange, ForeFront

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-04-15 Print this article Print

Microsoft's security suite -- ForeFront: CodeName Sterling -- is in Beta 2, but rapidly approaching a general availability release in late 2009. Microsoft says it will launch the first module of the next generation of ForeFront with the release of the new version of Exchange email server.

Microsoft promises a "rolling thunder" launch later this year of the various components of the next-generation of its ForeFront security suite for client, network and cloud-based network protection.

Code-name Sterling, the next-generation of the ForeFront suite has been delayed as the software packages for antimalware and application-layer security undergo further testing and evaluation.

Doug Leland, general manager of Microsoft's Identity and Security Division, says ForeFront Sterling will be ready for a staggered release beginning in late 2009 to coincide with the launch of the next version of the Exchange email server.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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