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Microsoft Pulls In FrontBridge

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has snapped up privately held FrontBridge Technologies Inc. for an undisclosed fee, in a bid to consolidate more functions within Exchange (see Microsoft Acquires FrontBridge).

FrontBridge, of Marina Del Rey, Calif., offers a range of managed email services through a network of eight data centers dotted around the world. The services include message archiving, disaster recovery, virus scanning, and spam filtering (see FrontBridge Launches Active DR).

Microsoft plans to integrate access to FrontBridge services into its Exchange Server and aims to offer the startups managed services via its network of Exchange partners.

Microsoft's move is a one-two punch to beef up Exchange. On one hand, Microsoft's choice is focused on email archiving; on the other, virus and spam protection.

Per archiving, Microsoft hopes to sell more to companies wrestling with the demands of regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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