Microsoft Announces Completion of Conformance Testing For Microsoft Exchange Server DMS

REDMOND , Wash., Oct. 30, 1996 — Microsoft Corp today announced that Microsoft® Exchange Server DMS has successfully completed conformance testing for the Defense Message System (DMS). The Department of Defense (DOD) opportunity, available only to DMS-compliant vendors, is estimated to represent more than 2 million seats, with revenue potential of up to $2 billion.

“Lockheed Martin and Microsoft have been working together to build a DMS solution that meets the specifications outlined by the Department of Defense,”
said Fred Augusti, vice president, messaging systems, Lockheed Martin.
“We are pleased to see Microsoft Exchange Server DMS complete formal conformance testing and look forward to beginning the official system-level DMS-compliant testing of the product with the government.”

The DMS contract awarded in May 1995 to Loral Federal Systems, now Lockheed Martin Federal Systems, stipulates that DOD customers will buy DMS-compliant systems primarily from Lockheed Martin Federal Systems. Microsoft and Lockheed Martin are also implementing plans to include the Windows NT® Server operating system version 4.0 and Microsoft Internet Information Server with each Microsoft Exchange DMS Server, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 with each Microsoft Exchange DMS client shipped to the federal government.

“Military organizations are rapidly embracing Microsoft Exchange Server DMS, just as businesses have embraced the commercial version of the product,”
said Rich Tong, vice president, desktop and business systems division at Microsoft.
“This is clearly illustrated by the fact that 70,000 desktops have already committed to deploying the product.”

Microsoft Exchange Server DMS is the only product that shares the X.400 message transfer agent (MTA), the most vital component of DMS, with the commercial product. Microsoft Exchange Server is the leader in conforming to X.400 standards. It was the first and is currently the only commercial product from a DMS vendor to be placed on the Joint Interoperability Test Center (JITC) registry of compliant products for the 1988 X.400 P1 standard.

Microsoft Exchange DMS is the only technology that offers conformant client software for both 16- and 32-bit Windows® operating system platforms. In addition, the Microsoft Exchange DMS Directory Access Protocol (DAP) Address Book Provider is the only technology that allows users to perform ambiguous name resolution against an X.500 directory while they are composing a message in the mail system. The X.500 DAP Browser component also enhances user productivity by allowing users to use complex filters to find objects of interest in an X.500 directory. Microsoft Exchange Server DMS has passed conformance tests for the following DMS requirements:

  1. Microsoft Exchange DMS accomplished GOSIP Ver 2 MHS-88 conformance, assuring customers of interoperability between Microsoft Exchange Server DMS and other P1 conformant MTAs.

  1. The X.500 DAP Browser offers additional functionality by enabling the user to query and browse an X.500 directory.

  1. The X.500 DAP Address Book Provider allows the Microsoft Exchange mail client to query for details and select recipients from an X.500 directory.

  1. Conformance with the Military Message Content protocol ensures interoperability with DOD’s current system, Automated Defense Information Network (AUTODIN) and extends the P22 protocol to suit military needs.

  1. Support for the P42 protocol gives Microsoft Exchange Server DMS users the benefit of adding hardware-based (e.g., Fortezza cards) end-to-end security, including signed receipts, nonrepudiation, privacy and content integrity to their communications.

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