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The newest version of MDaemon will be available for download on Wednesday, September 5th. The new release sees a number of new features to help IT administrators and end users alike, such as:
  • Message ticketing support
  • Consolidated Mobile Device Management (MDM) interface and ActiveSync policies
  • Hijacked account detection
  • Document sharing, drag & drop attachments and custom logos in WorldClient
  • Traffic compression to improve Outlook Connector performance
View the PDF briefing document here for more information. As soon as it's available you'll be able to download the latest version of the installer from our web site here.

Hyper-V Youtube screengrabA little over a month ago, I announced our friends 'down under' at BackupAssist developer Cortex IT were hosting a webinar for a limited number of channel partners from around the globe - presented by Jason Schultz, one of the lead programmers. There were a few of you who were busy with the day jobs and weren't able to attend so the guys at Cortex have kindly uploaded the recorded version to YouTube, ready for viewing over a cuppa. Perhaps a few cuppas actually - it's a long one at a just under an hour but it really is worth sitting through if you've got any interest in using BackupAssist in a Hyper-V environment.

Another week, another set of new features to look at in the beta version of MDaemon version 13. Let's look at one of the more useful business features of MDaemon, the ability to capture email arriving on group email address such as sales@ and support@, and storing them directly into public folders. This feature allows a group of sales or support staff to monitor the public folders and take ownership of the emails, sharing the workload.

One of the more common customers support calls i get relates to MDaemon suddenly sending vast amounts of spam email. This floods the outbound Internet connection and everything crawls to a halt. Secondary to this the server's public IP address can get listed on various external SMTP blacklists which the customer then has to request removal from.

So on to part 2 of my look at the new MDaemon 13 beta... I mentioned ActiveSync policies in my last post, well version 13 also sees the addition of one extra small, but very nice feature, in the ability to simplify the self sign-up process for mobile devices using the Autodiscover process. By removing the necessity to know the public DNS name or IP address of your MDaemon server, all a user now needs to connect their mobile device is their email address and password.

Over the last few weeks I've been experimenting with the latest Beta editions of MDaemon version 13 and thought it'd be beneficial to share some of the great new up and coming features you can expect to see in the release. Just before I wet your appetite with the first of them - don't forget, if you're interested in getting involved in the MDaemon beta test process you can apply to join the community by registering here. 

MDaemon, Exchange or Office365?Towards the end of my last post I touched on the fact that Microsoft's recent announcement to drop Small Business Server next year has given particularly its partner community, reasons to look around at potential alternative solutions to Exchange. In this post I take a moment to highlight some of the reasons MDaemon Messaging Server should be on that list of alternatives you might be considering, including how the costs look alongside the equivalent Microsoft products.

SBS - the final nail?As you may well have picked up on the IT news grapevine, Microsoft have recently announced their plans to kill off the popular Small Business Server 2011 titles in June 2013 as they step up efforts to "guide" small business customers towards their hosted and hybrid offerings. Despite the fact it came as no real surprise to most of the partners I come in to contact with - the decision has still clearly left many of those who've been loyal SBS evangelists over the years pretty miffed given it's the product they've been building their businesses around.
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