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March 30, 2006

Microsoft rolls out rebranded FrontBridge hosted services

Posted by David Hunter at 7:47 PM ET.

Last year Microsoft acquired FrontBridge Technologies which provided a number of hosted add-on services (e.g. archiving, spam and virus filtering) for popular email servers including Microsoft Exchange. Now Microsoft had put its own stamp on the FrontBridge offerings as Joris Evers reports for CNET:

Microsoft has repackaged the hosted messaging service it acquired when it bought FrontBridge Technologies last year.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker has rebranded the service “Exchange Hosted Services,” crafting a new, per-user licensing model and future plans call for closer ties with Microsoft’s Exchange mail server, company representatives said in an interview Wednesday.

The messaging service is part of Microsoft’s overall effort to offer services that complement nearly all its software products. Although the company has unveiled many such services for small businesses and consumers, the FrontBridge technology is one of few examples of what it intends to offer large companies.

Of particular interest for non-Exchange customers:

Despite the new Exchange-centric name, the filtering and encryption services do work with other e-mail platforms such as IBM’s Lotus software, the Microsoft representatives said. There are no plans to change that, they said.

The official press release is here.

Filed under Acquisitions, Coopetition, Exchange, IBM, Microsoft, Security, Servers, Spam, Viruses and Worms

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