Announced: Exchange 2010 SP1, Beta in June

by Bharat Suneja

Microsoft has just announced Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1! A beta of the feature-laden SP1 is headed your way come June 2010. Some of the juicy new features in SP1 include the ability to locate the Personal Archive on a different mailbox database than the one where the user’s primary mailbox is located (a much requested feature— In Exchange 2010 RTM, both the primary and the archive mailboxes need to be on the same database). Some of the other new features include:

  • Import PST Files: Import historical e-mail data from PST files directly into Exchange 2010
  • Delegate access to a user’s Personal Archive
  • MRM (Retention Policies + Retention Tags) UI in EMC
  • Multi-Mailbox Search (aka Discovery): Search preview to obtain an estimate of number of items in search result-set with keyword statistics— before messages are copied to the discovery mailbox
  • Multi-Mailbox Search: Search result de-duplication— only copies one instance of a message to the discovery mailbox, reduces amount of messages you need to review following the search
  • Multi-Mailbox Search: Annotation of reviewed items
  • Support access to a user’s Personal Archive in Outlook 2007
  • OWA: Pre-fetch message content
  • OWA: Delete, mark-as-read, and categorize operations run asynchronously
  • OWA: Long-running operations such as attaching a very large file will not block the rest of the OWA experience
  • OWA: Number of other UI improvements
  • Calendar Sharing: Users can share calendars with anonymous viewers via the web (provided the admin enables the capability)
  • OWA: Web-Ready Document Viewing of IRM-protected documents in Safari on a Mac, and FireFox and Internet Explorer on Windows
  • OWA: OWA themes are back!
  • OWA: Reading pane can be placed on the bottom or on the right
  • Mobility: Tether-free IRM support in EAS
  • Mobility: Support for Send-As
  • Mobility: Notifying users if their device is placed on block or quarantine
  • Mobility: Full implementation of conversation view
  • Management UI: Exchange 2010 SP1 brings plenty of new management UI in both EMC and ECP, including:
    • Create/configure Retention Tags + Retention Policies in EMC
    • Configure Transport Rules in ECP
    • Configure Journal Rules in ECP
    • Configure MailTips in ECP
    • Provision and configure Personal Archive in ECP
    • Configure Litigation Hold in ECP
    • Configure Allow/Block/Quarantie mobile device policies in ECP
    • RBAC role management in ECP
    • Configure DAG IP Addresses and Alternate Witness Server in EMC
    • Recursive public folder settings management (including permissions) in EMC

    For more info and video, head over to Yes Virginia, There’s An Exchange 2010 SP 1 on the Exchange team blog.

    { 2 comments… read them below or add one }

    Anonymous April 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Great job on the Exchange 2010 SP1! Support for mobility and device management continues to be a huge disappointment. Looking forward to Tech-Ed 2010.


    hosted exchange server August 13, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I think, it’s about time that they really got to tweak and improve their calendar share.


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