Microsoft quietly previewed plans for its upcoming Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 at its TechEd 2007 conference this week in Orlando, Fla. Although Microsoft focused public attention on the first Community Technology Preview of SQL Server 2008 and beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008 coming out this summer, product managers behind the scenes detailed big improvements for Exchange 2007 based on customer and partner feedback. Exchange 2007 shipped in December.
Plans call for Exchange 2007 SP1, now in beta testing, to be released in the second half. It will include an improved GUI and Exchange Management Console for managing public folders and IMAP and POP Servers, as well as the ability to provision certificates, which was missing in version 1.0, partners said.
SP1 will address those holes with new public folder configuration, POP and IMAP configuration and SendAs permission configuration tools, and new delegation wizard scenarios, according to Microsoft. Also In SP1, Microsoft will offer Web service coverage for public folder access, delegate management and folder permissions.
News source: CRN