Important Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps

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Today, as a result of our effort to better align security and protection solutions with the workloads and applications they protect, Microsoft is announcing changes to the roadmaps of some of the security solutions made available under the Forefront brand.

  1. As part of this effort, the next release of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, which has long been part of the Office 365 solution, will be named Exchange Online Protection. 
  2. In response to customer demand, we are adding basic antimalware protection to Exchange Server 2013.  This protection can be easily turned off, replaced, or paired with other services (like Exchange Online Protection) to provide a layered defense. 
  3. We are discontinuing any further releases of the following Forefront-branded solutions:
    • 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)

For collaboration protection, SharePoint and Lync Servers will continue to offer the built-in security capabilities that many customers use to protect shared documents.  For remote access, DirectAccess and Routing and Remote Access Server (RRAS) VPN in Windows Server 2012 provide secure remote access for Windows and cross-platform clients, as well as cross-premise access through site to site VPN. Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 also continues to provide secure application publishing and cross-platform SSL VPN remote access for a range of mobile devices.
We will continue to provide maintenance and support for the following Forefront solutions through the standard Microsoft support lifecycle (see chart below), but the discontinued Forefront offerings will no longer be available for purchase as of Dec. 1, 2012. 

It is important to note that there are no significant changes to the Forefront Identity Manager or Forefront Unified Access Gateway roadmaps.  These solutions continue to be actively developed.  Forefront UAG 2010 SP2 was released in August 2012 and Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 was release in June 2012.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact your Microsoft or partner sales representative.

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Important Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps

  • i can't believe that :(

  • R.I.P TMG...!!!

  • How long will updated signatures continue to be available for existing customers of the antimalware products? Similarly, how long will Web Protection Services be available for current customers?

  • Really? Do you think that everyone is going to the cloud? Seriously, this is a total mess.

  • Ok, so what will replace TMG?

  • Microsoft, thank you for this announcement. I can only add one thing. It is very and again very disappointing to hear that you will be discontinuing Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010. It breaks my heart.

  • Are there plans for TMG2013 or other, future, TMG products or is TMG being discontinued altogether?

  • Disappointed to read about the demise of TMG. UAG has its place but TMG serves a purpose that UAG doesn't entirely replace. For example, TMG allows me to build a very simple but secure client VPN solution without the portal overhead of UAG.

    It is also particularly worrying that there isn't better news about support for IPv6 in a Microsoft firewall product, either.

  • bad news about TMG, how are we expected to publish applications, load balance web sites, sharepoint etc?

  • So what is going to replace tmg, although uag includes tmg not all functionalityn of tmg is supported, is that going to change?

  • Pity MSFT. ISA & TMG were very strong product sets and truly best in class. This is a huge loss and a poor direction.

  • So, there is no replacement to the TMG web filtering features?

  • Really? You are killing off forefront TMG? Is there a replacement product?

  • What about proxy? what about outbound web traffic rules?

    When will UAG become stable for production use?

  • What does this mean for customers using TMG to publish OWA/Outlook Anywhere/Activesync using a reverse proxy? What's the Microsoft recommended solution for publishing those resources now?

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