MD 13 home pageJust a quick note to let you know the latest major release of MDaemon went live right on schedule last night, so it's now available on our Web site ready for download here. What's in it? There's a short PDF walkthrough of the new features and enhancements available on our blog here, or you can view the official product update log here.

The guys in Support have been busy pulling together the documentation that'll help you find your way around the new features in the soon to be released version 13 of MDaemon. Don't forget, you can find step by step guides and helpful articles across all of our products in the knowledge base area of our Web site for when they're needed. For now, please see below for a list of the new guides specific to MDaemon.

Alt-N idea enginesThose of you already familiar with MDaemon and Texas-based developer Alt-N Technologies, will know that feedback from customers has always played a pivotal role in the way their products evolve. The MDaemon beta community has been fundamental to this process but as we look towards the future and the imminent release of version 13, they're opening this up and making it simple for anyone to contribute ideas and suggestions via their Idea Engine.

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.

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.