Q: What's the roadmap for the Microsoft Forefront product line?

A: Microsoft confirmed future plans for its Forefront products, including Forefront Identity Manager, Forefront User Access Gateway, and Forefront Threat Management Gateway. In a blog titled " Important Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps," Microsoft detailed changes to Forefront. I recommend that you review the blog for the detailed guidance, but to summarize, the following is confirmed:

  • Forefront Identity Manager and Forefront User Access Gateway roadmaps remain unchanged, and Microsoft will continue investment in those technologies.
  • Forefront Online Protection for Exchange is renamed Exchange Online Protection, and Exchange Server 2013 will include some built-in anti-malware capability.
  • The following products are being discontinued and will no longer be available for purchase after 12/1/2012 (but will be supported per normal Microsoft support processes through 12/31/2015 for the online services and 4/14/2015 with extended support through 4/14/2012 for Threat Management Gateway--TMG):
    ◦ Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)
    ◦ Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP)
    ◦ Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS)
    ◦ Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG)
    ◦ Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services (TMG WPS)

Clients should look to migrate to alternate technologies or use in-box capabilities of Windows Server 2012 where possible.

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