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Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant for 2006 E-Mail Security Boundary Magic Quadrant

September 29th, 2006

Microsoft Corp. is positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the 2006 E-Mail Security Boundary Magic Quadrant, published this week by Gartner, Inc. The report evaluates services and products including Microsoft® Exchange Hosted Services and Forefront Security for Exchange Server. According to Gartner, Leaders are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively seeking competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

“We are delighted to be placed in the “Leaders” quadrant by Gartner because we believe it is validation of our commitment to delivering leading e-mail security products and services,” said Andy Lees, corporate vice president of Server and Tools Marketing at Microsoft. “Our work in e-mail security is an integral part of our broader security strategy and our overall commitment to helping customers protect information and control access to their IT infrastructure.” Microsoft’s current enterprise e-mail security gateway offering includes the Exchange Hosted Services line, which features e-mail filtering, archiving, encryption and recovery. These technologies were acquired in August 2005 from FrontBridge Technologies Inc.

For on-premise e-mail gateway protection, customers can choose Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server, which is deployed on an Exchange 2007 Edge Server. Forefront Security for Exchange Server is the next generation of Microsoft Antigen for Exchange, which was released to market in early June. Both versions feature a multiple scan engine approach to provide layered protection for Exchange Server 2007 against the latest viruses, worms and spam. Forefront Security for Exchange Server is in public beta and scheduled for release at the end of 2006 or in early 2007.

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