Microsoft Corp. last week said it will make a new service pack and several messaging migration tools for Exchange Server 5.5 available for free download from its Web site by Dec. 31.
Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 5.5 is a collection of all Exchange Server fixes and enhancements issued to date, a Microsoft spokesman said.
New features include a replication utility that will let users at different companies replicate information in shared public folders, a wizard for moving servers among sites or organizations and Secure Multipurpose Internet Extensions Version 2 support in the Outlook for Macintosh mail client, which now also runs on the Mac OS 8.5.
Microsoft's service pack can be downloaded free from http://www.backoffice.microsoft.com/downtrial/default.asp.
No updated information was available about beta and ship times for the next version of Exchange - code-named Platinum - which is due after the release of Microsoft's Office 2000 suite.