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.

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.

Zen Software at Infosec We're but a few weeks away from the annual industry pilgrimage to Earls Court for the biggest of the IT and security shows in this country, InfoSecurity Europe. Each year IT professionals (and the not-so) gather at InfoSec to take in keynote talks from industry experts, strengthen relationships with customers and suppliers, keep an eye on the competition and of course, pick up plenty of promotional tat for the kids. This year will be slightly different however, as visitors will notice that the show's noticeably better than previous ones thanks to the addition of the Zen Software stand in the new exhibitor area. It's possible I'm overestimating the impact we'll have but in any case, we're genuinely pleased to be a part of the show and that we'll be down there unashamedly flogging our wares in our compact but charming booth (K94).

smartphones.pngAs MDaemon has evolved over the years there have been many different ways to setup syncronisation with mobile devices and with the the recent introduction of ActiveSync push email there is a new kid on the block but does this now make ActiveSync the best all in one method for email, calendar and contact syncronisation for all customers who can use it?
Read on to see our recommendations for each mobile platform and what advantages and disadvantages different methods have.

I'm slightly concerned that the news of a virtual information blackout yesterday may have detracted somewhat from the REALLY big stories that were breaking. Yes, had you have been paying proper attention you'd have noticed two new product updates from our Texan friends over at developer Alt-N Technologies. Ok, so it's possible I'm overhyping these a fraction but if you're a user of either product they're worth knowing about all the same.

Recently we've seen a significant increase in the number of MDaemon servers we come across being used to send spam email, and we're finding that it's often via an authenticated SMTP session.