Exchange 2010 SP1 announced!

At this stage another short post!

But as soon as bits are available I will get something longer up here.

Microsoft have again improved Exchange with the announcement of SP1.

As regular readers will know I’ve been working on Information Protection and Compliance with Exchange 2010 recently for a presentation at UK TechDays next week. Well there are loads of changes in those areas!

As is so often the case with the Exchange product group Microsoft have really listened to feedback and implemented things like being able to split the user archive off into a separate database. You can also import mail directly into Exchange with server side admin lead tools rather than relying on users to move mail into their archive. I personally will be interested to see whether you can import directly to the archive!

Another nice addition is being able to create Retention tags, (and hopefully policies) directly in the GUI rather than only through PowerShell.

One of the biggest deals for many is that the Personal archive can be used from Outlook 2007 which will remove a massive blocker for deployment as companies are often much slower to upgrade their Office suite than their mail system.

Alongside all the above there are numerous improvements to OWA to speed up use and move it even closer to being a very capable replacement for Outlook in many situations.

For more info see the announcement on the Exchange team blog.