Microsoft launches Forefront Protection 2010

Software giant launches antimalware for new version of e-mail and communications server.

Elinor Mills
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Elinor Mills covers Internet security and privacy. She joined CNET News in 2005 after working as a foreign correspondent for Reuters in Portugal and writing for The Industry Standard, the IDG News Service and the Associated Press.


Microsoft launched its new Forefront Protection 2010 antimalware for Exchange on Monday.

The company also announced at the TechEd Europe conference in Berlin the availability of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange designed for enterprise customers who want Microsoft to host the security solution.

Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange incorporates malware engines from Microsoft and various partners, providing 38 times faster malware detection and decreasing spam to the point where only one out of 250,000 spam messages gets through, said Joel Sider, senior project manager for Microsoft's Infrastructure division.

Integration with Exchange provides the ability to scan messages and documents simultaneously, while built-in information protection with Active Directory rights management services give users and IT administrators more control over what e-mail and documents can do and who can receive them, he said.

The announcements were made in conjunction with the scheduled launch this week of Exchange 2010, the new version of Microsoft's e-mail and communications server.

Meanwhile, Microsoft said last month it was delaying the release of its Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 for Windows desktops until the second half of next year.

The company will be rolling out over the next year all the pieces of its Forefront Protection Suite, formerly code-named "Stirling."

Update at 10:09 a.m. PST with comments from Microsoft.