As part of this move to remove the Forefront product family, Forefront protection for Exchange (FPE) and Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) are also being removed.
Forefront Protection for Exchange (FOPE) is being replaced with a new product called Exchange Online Protection (EOP). When I say new, it is actually the next release of FOPE. Exchange Online Protection is an online Microsoft cloud service for filtering email. It can be implemented for both cloud based Exchange customers such as Office 365 as well as on-premises implementations of Exchange.
In terms of Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE), a product which is installed on a Windows server in the customers environment - there is no replacement I'm currently aware of. Apart from the integrated spam filtering functionality which comes as part of Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft do not offer an on-premises product which customers can install for filtering email spam. Customers will be encouraged moving forward to adopt Microsoft's online cloud services for filtering spam which can be found under EOP.
Exchange Online Protection offers customers the following functionality:
- URL lists for spam filtering that block messages containing specific URLs within their message body. EOP includes additional lists beyond those available in FOPE.
- The ability to skip spam filtering for trusted senders, based on subscription lists
- The ability to filter messages written in specific languages, or sent from specific countries or regions
- Malware filtering that can delete and strip unsafe attachments
- The capacity to mark bulk email (such as advertisements) as spam through the user interface
- The capability to search for, view, or release quarantined email messages in the EAC
- Transport rules which you can use to control mail flow, based on a message’s content
- Message tracing capability, which allows you to search for and view details about a specific message
- Inbound connectors and outbound connectors you can use to enforce secure communication between you and a partner, or to make hybrid mail flow (where you host a portion of your mailboxes on-premises and a portion in the cloud) possible New reports, which you can use to monitor your organization’s mail flow, available in the Office 365 portal, by using a Microsoft Excel download application, or by using a Web service.