Today, Microsoft has provided details on the coming Exchange 2010 SP1 through the product blog.

A beta version will provided during the TechEd US, in June.

Here is an extract:

  • archiving and discovery enhancements,
  • Outlook Web App (OWA) improvements,
  • mobile user and management improvements,
  • and some highly sought after additional UI for management tasks

Archiving and Discovery Enhancements

With the release of Exchange Server 2010 last November, we introduced integrated archiving capabilities aimed at helping you preserve and discover e-mail data. In SP1, we’ve enhanced this archiving functionality based on the great feedback you’ve given us since our launch. This includes adding the flexibility to provision a user’s Personal Archive to a different mailbox database from their primary mailbox. This means your organization can now more easily implement separate storage strategies (or tiered storage) for less frequently accessed e-mail.

Outlook Web App – Better Than Ever

We didn’t stop working with archiving and discovery, OWA gets a significant facelift with SP1 as well. With new work to pre-fetch message content, the OWA reading experience becomes faster. With delete, mark as read, and categorize operations running asynchronously, these actions feel instantaneous to the user.

In RTM, we delivered Information Rights Management (IRM) capabilities in OWA, allowing you to read and compose IRM-protected messages just like you’ve been able to do with Outlook in the past. In SP1, you’ll be able to add Web-Ready Document Viewing of IRM-protected documents as well and you’ll be able to do so in Safari on a Mac as well as in Firefox or IE on a PC.

All The Mobility, All the Time

While Exchange Active Sync (EAS) has become the de facto standard for mobile communication, there is no resting on any laurels in Redmond here either. In SP1, mobile users will be treated with tether-free IRM support in EAS, enabling you to send and receive IRM-protected mail without having previously connected your device to Windows Mobile Device Center to provision IRM. Updated EAS capabilities also enable support for send-as, support for notifying the user if their device has been placed on block or quarantine by their admin, full implementation of conversation view including the ability to sync only unique parts of messages.

 

More details available here http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/04/07/454533.aspx