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On September 4th 2012 Microsoft annunced “Important Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps“.
Microsoft is making big change in server security offerings, specially their oldest server security offering ISA and TMG.
From Microsoft Forefront family product, Microsoft annunced they’re discountinuing releases for:
- Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)
- Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP)
- Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS)
- Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG)
- Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services (TMG WPS)
These products will disappear as separate products but much of Forefront products functionality will be move directly into server products and Clouds, Exchange Online Protection, Office 365 solutions.
Microsoft Windows 2012 will provide secure remote access for Windows and cross-platform clients, site to siete VPN, remote access, DirectAccess.
Basic antimalware protection will be added to Microsoft Exchange 2013, Microsoft SharePoint 2013, and Microsoft Lync 2013, but it can be easily turned off, replaced or paired with other services for better protection.
From Forefront family products, only Forefront Identity Manager and Forefront Unifed Access Gateway will be still actively developed. Both of these products were released in 2012.
Microsoft also announced new version of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange. This product as a cloud version, provides protection for Exchange servers and Microsoft’s online services.
This is sad that two product we’ve known for years disappear.