Microsoft’s January 14 post “Leading the way in the fight against dangerous email threats” to the Office blog recalled the discussion that ensued in September 2012 after they announced the cancelation of their on-premises email protection products, including the Threat Management Gateway (TMG) and Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE).
Microsoft’s July 2 announcement of a “compliance toolset” for public folders appears to have fallen flat in terms of the excitement generated in the Exchange community. At least, I never hear anyone talking about it or receive any questions about why Microsoft’s compliance toolset for the cockroaches of Exchange is so limited.
Mailbox auditing seems like a pretty good thing to have in an email product, if only to answer the eternal question of who deleted a particular message from the mailbox. Exchange 2010 was the first version of the product to include mailbox auditing. The sad news is that not much has changed since in either the cloud or on-premises product, which is both worrying and not particularly good when considered in the context of Microsoft’s overall compliance strategy.
Last month, I discussed whether a problem that caused Office 365 users to be unable to authenticate provided any indication that Azure Active Directory (AAD) was proving to be an Achilles Heel for Microsoft’s cloud services. That outage affected users in Western Europe on December 3 and underlined the dependency that Office 365 has on other parts of Microsoft's cloud infrastructure.