Why Microsoft Is Killing Off Forefront Unified Access Gateway

Why Microsoft Is Killing Off Forefront Unified Access Gateway

Microsoft has announced changes to the “roadmap” for its Forefront enterprise security products. The big development? The Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) secure remote access package is being killed off.

In a blog post, Microsoft announced that while a new version of Forefront Identity Manager will be released in the first half of 2015, the UAG product is being discontinued. It will go off sale from 1 July 2014. Microsoft blamed “product strategy, customer feedback, and prevailing market dynamics” (the last one sounds like “it didn’t sell enough”).

The announcement also notes that some UAG functions (policy management and secure application publishing) can now be handled by Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft has sometimes been accused of making life difficult for third-party software providers by adding additional functionality to Windows, thus eliminating their markets, so it’s interesting to see the same problem strike within the company itself.

Important Changes to the Forefront Product Line [Server & Cloud Blog]


  • I’ve used UAG before – never had any major issues – but yeah, the major roadblock seems to be.. sales.. I mean, most companies won’t even consider this ahead of offerings from competitors.

    Silly move though to me to just say “nah we cant fix this situation/problem” – because personally I far prefer to keep as much of it first-party as possible.

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