Microsoft has quietly released the new version of its Exchange messaging server to manufacturing - a week after all the razzmatazz of the official launch.

The company claimed that security, compliance and enhancements for mobile workers were all areas that had been improved from previous versions.

New security features include include the ability for customers to purchase either on-premise anti-virus software or a hosted version. As part of a new enterprise Client Access License (CAL) for the product, customers can purchase Microsoft's Antigen for Exchange anti-virus software or Exchange Hosted Filtering services bundled with the Exchange CAL.

For compliance, Microsoft provides the ability to set e-mail folder policies in Exchange to support compliance across the organisation. For example, server administrators can set up policies to prevent employees from different groups in the company from exchanging email. Administrators also can set up policies that automatically archive e-mail messages pertaining to certain topics..

For the mobile worker, Microsoft said that Exchange 2007 would allow users to search through a greater number of emails. The new software also will allow a remote user, even without administrator privileges, to wipe all Exchange Server-fed data from a device if it is lost or stolen

Additional information and technical resources about the software are available on the Technet site, where it's also possible to download evaluation software. Microsoft Exchange team members also have written about Exchange 2007 on Exchange team's blog.

Original story from IDG news service