Kerio Connect 8.5 introduces a few important new features. As usual, the full list is available at the Release Notes page, but I'll go over some things that doesn't fully explain.
First up, on the mobile side of things, the option to allow unsupported devices via EAS has disappeared from the interface. That's not because Kerio isn't supporting your phone any more - it's because all ActiveSync devices using protocol version from 2.5 to 14.1 are now supported, so there's no reason for that checkbox.
Next, direct Exchange ActiveSync is supported for Outlook 2013. This means that you do not need the Kerio Connector. However, there are serious limitations. These come from limitations of EAS, not from Kerio, so it's not likely much will change. Still, users who don't care about those particular features report that using EAS is smooth and fast.
List of known issues in MS Outlook 2013 and EAS
Again, these are limitations of the MS Outlook 2013 and Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) implementation. Kerio can't fix these.
There's a new ability to add a sender to your whitelist directly from the Web client. It's easy to miss: you click on their address as shown here, which gives you a menu that includes the option to whitelist.
There are new formatting options for email editor - fonts, indentation, etc. and a new calendar agenda view. See the release notes for more changes.
There's a new option for Sophos Live Protection. At the cost of some network traffic, this causes a one way hash of the message to be checked against a constantly updated Sopos cloud database. It is enabled by default on new installs, but on upgrades you'll need to turn this on if you want it..
CalDAV clients and Kerio Connect Client can define additional "travel time" for each event in a calendar.
Development continues here. Users can now share folders across multiple servers, there is a distributed SpamAssassin and new node monitoring.
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