Like all MDaemon releases, the developers at Alt-N continue to add new customer requested features and enhancements. Here is a quick overview of just some of the features end users and IT administrators will find helpful. A more comprehensive list of all new features and enhancements can be viewed in the MDaemon Messaging Server Release Notes.
MDaemon’s new health check utility will analyze all security-related settings and display a report of each feature that is not configured with the recommended setting. This report includes the name of the feature, the current setting for that feature, its recommended setting, and the GUI path to the setting. Administrators can select an entry in the report and click on “Set To Recommended” to re-configure the selected feature with the recommended setting, or by holding down CTRL or SHIFT, multiple items can be selected and re-configured simultaneously.
MDaemon now supports “Let's Encrypt,” a certificate authority service that uses an automated process to provide free certificates for Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption for secure websites
An option has been added to store mailbox passwords using non-reversible encryption. This protects the passwords from being decrypted by MDaemon, the administrator, or a possible attacker.
Each message queue now includes a search function that allows administrators to filter messages in the queue by sender, recipient, subject, and various other headers. Wildcards can be used in search queries for a broader search scope.
WorldClient users can save message attachments directly to their Dropbox accounts and attach files directly from Dropbox when composing a message.
WorldClient users now have the option of sending a message at a later date and time. This feature is located under the Advanced button in the message compose window. Simply select the desired date and time in the new drop-down menus, and then click on Send. For more information on how to enable this feature, please see the MDaemon release notes.
WorldClient’s advanced search options now include the ability to search all mail folders, or all sub-folders.
New options have been added to make it easier to send and receive calendar data in WorldClient.
Users who wish to share their calendar data with external users who are using third-party mail clients can now share a read-only copy of their calendar with any client that supports the iCalendar/Webcal format. A new read-only, private URL has been added to the “Share Folder” screen in WorldClient. This URL can be shared with anyone for whom you wish to grant access to your calendar. This allows a calendar to be viewed and subscribed to in Outlook, Google Calendar, Mac iCal, and other applications.
When using the LookOut or WorldClient themes, WorldClient users can now import vCards (.vcf files) into their default contacts folder. vCards enable users to send and receive contact information in a format that can be easily read in other email programs. A vCard may contain a contact’s name, title, phone number, email address, mailing address, and other information.
WorldClient now supports multiple email signatures. This is useful in situations where a user has additional aliases for his account, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, etc. A default signature can be assigned to the user’s primary email address and to each alias. When composing a message, users can use the default signature assigned to the email address (or alias) currently used, or choose from among their other signatures via the Advanced button in the message Compose window.
Desktop notifications are now available for WorldClient tasks and events. When a reminder is configured for an event or task, a pop-up window will display to alert the user.
Inline images in email messages are often used by spammers and marketers to determine whether or not you've opened an email. This also tells them whether the email was delivered successfully and whether the destination email address was valid. For this reason, inline images in email messages are often blocked. To allow inline images from trusted sources without additional user interaction, an option was added to allow inline images in messages from whitelisted senders and contacts from a user’s default contacts folder.
WorldClient Instant Messenger now uses the XMPP protocol for instant messaging instead of WorldClient's proprietary protocol. This gives users more chat client options, especially when wanting to use mobile chat clients to connect with MDaemon users on their desktop.
Outlook Connector client settings such as host names, SSL and port settings, and other preferences can now be stored centrally in MDaemon and pushed out to clients. When a new Outlook Connector profile is created, only the username and password are needed. All other settings are retrieved from MDaemon with the click of a button.
WorldClient now has a unique setting that allows it to be used as basic public key server. When this feature is enabled, WorldClient will honor requests for your users' public keys using a specially formatted URL. Additionally, MDaemon's OpenPGP feature now supports collection of public keys over DNS. This helps to automate the process of exchanging encryption keys. For more specific details, please see the MDaemon release notes.
The new Automatic Updates feature will notify the postmaster when new product updates are available for MDaemon (and optionally SecurityPlus and Outlook Connector, when they are installed). These updates can be automatically downloaded and installed at a designated time. 2 AM local time is the default time that these updates take place.
MDaemon's OpenPGP features can now verify embedded signatures found within messages. This helps the recipient ensure that the message is authentic. WorldClient will display an icon or text label for verified messages. WorldClient will also display labels for messages with valid DKIM signatures, messages decrypted by OpenPGP, and messages signed with an OpenPGP key.
WorldClient (LookOut and WorldClient themes) has new category selections for easy sorting and identification of email messages. Messages can be sorted by category, and multiple categories can be assigned to a message. Authorized users can create their own custom categories in addition to using the built-in categories.
MDaemon 16.5 includes two separate chat systems. In addition to WorldClient Instant Messenger, users can now chat with each other using their favorite third-party chat (XMPP) client. With the addition of this feature, users now have the flexibility to chat from any device with a compatible XMPP client, including mobile devices.
There are many XMPP clients to choose from, including Trillian (Windows), Adium (Mac OSX), and Mozilla Thunderbird (Linux, OSX, Windows). A list of XMPP clients can be found here: http://xmpp.org/software/clients.htm. Features may vary depending on which XMPP client is used. Click here for WorldClient Instant Messenger's features.