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Microsoft announces Small Business Server beta

Jul 07, 20032 mins
MalwareMicrosoftNetwork Security

Plus: HP to trail new spam fighter on PCs

  • Microsoft last week announced the latest beta release of its Small Business Server 2003. To make client/server networks less intimidating to non-technical users, Microsoft made the user interface friendly and Windows XP-like; set up and configuration rely on wizards and default configuration settings. Management is eased, and the value of features such as system reporting and monitoring is more apparent, the company says. New is a data back-up and restore feature and the inclusion of Microsoft’s SharePoint Services for intranet creation. Remote access features include the ability for users to access corporate desktops or Outlook only. Users with handheld devices running Pocket PC Phone Edition 2003 and Smart Phone 2003 can access e-mail, calendar and tasks. It is expected to ship this fall in two versions; the higher-end version will cost $1,499; pricing for the lower-end version has not been announced.

  • HP recently announced it will bundle a trial version of interMute’s SpamSubtract Pro product on new HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario PCs. SpamSubtract Pro acts like a spam firewall, using a specialized algorithm and database of spam e-mail identifiers. Incoming e-mail messages are sorted into folders for confirmed spam, suspected spam and friendly messages. The product also can mask offensive words in spam e-mail messages and prevent previewing of image attachments. After a 30-day test period, the software costs $30.