News has been rather slow on Exchange 2013 SP1, particularly with Windows Server 2012 R2 already out in the open and lacking support for Exchange and SharePoint.
This was supposed to be fixed with the first service pack for Exchange 2013, and now Redmond has provided us with a few pointers on the forthcoming Service Pack 1 release. We have confirmation that Exchange 2013 SP1 is headed for an early 2014 release, alongside Office 2013 SP1.
Microsoft talked about this in a recent blog post on the Exchange Team blog, and yes, this version will permit the company’s flagship mail server to run on its latest server operating system. A senior Exchange team member also provided the reason for the delayed release, saying:
“Exchange server support for a new Windows Server version is typically included in the next service pack.”
So there you have it — straight and simple.
Redmond has also detailed a few other things it is planning for the SP1 release, including support for Edge Transport Server Role in Exchange Server 2013. This is used as a relay between on-premises Mailbox server and the Exchange Online Protection service.
And finally, the company plans to add in support for Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) for Outlook, Exchange ActiveSync clients and the Outlook Web App with the release of SP1 for Exchange Server 2013.
For the record, Exchange Server 2013 SP1 will be equivalent to Cumulative Update 4 for the product, or CU4, and will include all the fixes released since the last cumulative update.