Microsoft has plans to shut down the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) service and migrate its existing customers to Exchange Online Protection (EOP).
What is Exchange Online Protection (EOP)?
Exchange Online Protection (EOP) is a new and more advanced cloud-based email filtering service that replaces FOPE. Like FOPE, it helps protect your organisation against spam and malware, and includes features to safeguard your organization from messaging-policy violations. EOP includes several new features that were not available in FOPE, including a new administration center, the ability to use Exchange transport rules to enforce email policies, and enhanced handling of bulk email messages. EOP is currently available in three different subscription plans:
- EOP standalone: Where EOP protects your on-premises mailboxes.
- EOP features in Exchange Online: Where EOP protects your Exchange Online cloud-hosted mailboxes.
- Exchange Enterprise CAL with Services: Where EOP protects your on-premises mailboxes, like EOP standalone, and includes data loss prevention (DLP), remote Windows PowerShell administration capabilities, and reporting using web services.
Action Required for FOPE Customers
No changes are needed to the customers’ existing enrolment. Customers will be sent an email from Microsoft which gives them step-by-step instructions on how to convert their existing FOPE subscription to the EOP service. Customers will be notified of their individual transition date via email 30 days prior to transition. After transition the volume license agreement will continue to reflect FOPE until its expiration date. FOPE will eventually be replaced by EOP when you sign your next 3 years agreement with Microsoft. Additionally new customers can sign up for an EOP trial or purchase EOP via the web at the Exchange Online protection home page.
To note: Existing Office 365 customers who are using online services except for Exchange online can set up their EOP service within the same account. This allows users to manage EOP alongside Office 365 services after your transition is complete.
For More Information
- FOPE Transition Center
- Exchange Online Protection Service Description
- EOP General FAQ
- FOPE vs. EOP Feature Comparison