While the company is headlining the iPad-optimised web administration interface (as used in Kerio Control 7.3), Kerio Connect 7.4 also introduces user access policies which allow per-user control over access to the services provided by the program. For example, selected users may be limited to the webmail interface rather than being allowed to use Outlook as a client, or mobile device synchronisation may be restricted to selected users.
Other changes include improved spam detection, improvements to (and an auto-update service for) Kerio Outlook Connector (Offline Edition), and the ability to make configuration changes to the Kerio Connect virtual appliance without using the command line.
Kerio Connect 7.4 also adds support for Outlook for Mac 2011 SP2, iOS 5.1, Firefox 11, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (with Android 3.2), and Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 (with Android 3.2). Support for Firefox 3.5 has been discontinued, and the company has given advance warning that Kerio Connector for BlackBerry will be discontinued in the next major version of Kerio Connect.
"It's a bit ironic that full administration via the iPad makes it easy for the IT administrator to limit what devices others can use to access the network," said Scott Schreiman, CEO, Kerio Technologies. "With Kerio Connect we have always prided ourselves in offering more choices in how employees want to work than any other mail server. While that is still the case, we think it's prudent for organisations to control how their network is accessed, and think we have found the delicate middle ground with Kerio Connect 7.4."