GFI MailEssentials named Messaging Product of the Year by

London, UK, 18 January, 2005 – Leading online resource site,, has selected GFI’s server-based anti-spam product, GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP, as winner of the Messaging category of its “2004 Products of the Year” awards. Winners were selected for their innovation, performance, ease of integration into existing environments, ease of use and manageability, functionality and value.

“Spam-fighting capabilities, e-mail administration extras, pricing and service and support helped GFI’s MailEssentials earn the Gold Award in TechTarget’s Windows Products of the Year for messaging,” said Christine Polewarczyk, editor at, of which forms part. “Judges gave the most recent version of the product top marks for ease of use and integration because of its simplicity to install and configure for Exchange 2000 and 2003. And it installs on the Exchange SMTP services without any gateway configuration requirements, so it works for Exchange 5.5 and Lotus Notes as well.” GFI MailEssentials also scored points for functionality, particularly in public folder enhancements in version 10.

Products were judged by the SearchWin2000 editorial staff, in conjunction with a team of users, industry experts, analysts, and consultants. Judges selected the 15 Products of the Year from among scores of enterprise Windows-related products that were introduced/upgraded and shipped between October 2003 and October 2004. Three winners (Gold, Silver, Bronze) were selected in each of five categories: Network and System Management, Active Directory, Desktop Administration, Messaging and Security.

“The ‘Products of the Year’ selections were the result of the judges’ review of a record number of submissions from a record number of vendors,” said Mark Schlack, VP of Editorial, TechTarget Storage Media. “This wealth of entries enabled us to select as winners the very best of the many useful and innovative products released last year.”

About GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP

GFI MailEssentials offers spam protection at server level and eliminates the need to install and update anti-spam software on each desktop. GFI MailEssentials offers a fast set-up and a high spam detection rate using Bayesian analysis and other methods – no configuration required, very low false positives through its automatic whitelist, and the ability to automatically adapt to the email environment to constantly tune and improve spam detection. GFI MailEssentials also adds email management tools to your mail server: disclaimers, mail archiving and monitoring, Internet mail reporting, list server, server-based auto replies and POP3 downloading. GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP has won various awards including the MSD2D People’s Choice Awards 2004, the MSExchange Readers’ Choice Award 2004 and the 2003 MCP Magazine ‘Products You Love’ Award, among others. Pricing is highly competitive, with a 50-user version costing just US$495, for example. More information about GFI MailEssentials and a trial version are available at:

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About GFI

GFI is a leading provider of network security, content security and messaging software. Key products include the GFI FAXmaker fax connector for Exchange and SMTP mail servers; GFI MailSecurity email content/exploit checking and anti-virus software; GFI MailEssentials server-based anti-spam software; GFI MailArchiver an email archiving solution; GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) security scanning and patch management software; GFI Network Server Monitor that automatically sends alerts, and corrects network and server issues; GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor (S.E.L.M.) that performs event log based intrusion detection and network-wide event log management; and GFI LANguard Portable Storage Control that enables network-wide control of removable media. Clients include Microsoft, Telstra, Time Warner Cable, NASA, DHL, Caterpillar, BMW, the US IRS, and the USAF. GFI has offices in the US, the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Romania, Australia and Malta, and operates through a worldwide network of distributors. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has won the Microsoft Fusion (GEM) Packaged Application Partner of the Year award.

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