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Microsoft’s New And Improved Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

The latest public version of Microsoft’s Exchange 2010 has been released. Competing with rival Lotus Notes, this newest bit of MS software includes e-mail archiving, productivity functions and a new option available to clients who use both on-premise and Web-hosted Exchange accounts.

Next iteration

Available as of the second half of 2009, Microsoft’s new Exchange Server 2010 includes SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 (renamed from Office 14). With this new Office-centric product, Exchange 2010 is quickly beating the battle against IBM’s Lotus Notes.

It is said by Microsoft that Exchange 2010 is the 1st server built by the company to work dually with on-premise and its own online service. Users are able to switch back and forth from both offerings or even utilize both.

In allowing users to chose deploying the software themselves, internet tech professionals can opt to archive the data produced by Exchange to a direct-attached storage (DAS) decreasing their costs by bypassing storage area networks (SAN) that tend to be a much more expensive option. The outcome is an up to 85% reduction in e-mail storage costs. And users need not worry about sacrificing performance or reliability in exchange for this savings, says Microsoft.

Key feature introduced

The feature to fall in love with is Exchange 2010’s integrated e-mail archiving. Building in this new feature was a result of research done independently. Julia White, Microsoft’s director of Exchange marketing stated that six out of ten companies polled considered e-mail archiving a priority. Customers didn’t like the idea of important e-mails not being readily available on the Exchange server.

Designed to meet compliance and to protect customers information, e-mail archiving within Exchange allows professionals the ease of storing and accessing their information within an organization all the while using the Exchange software already available to them.
The end result is a product that not only helps its users be more productive but lets them be unencumbered with time-consuming data and information tracking.

Newest features

Along with e-mail archiving, the software has had some other productivity features added as noted below.

  • MailTips – This feature helps protect users from such things as information leaks, warns them of the dangers of sending out an unintended mass mailing or sending sensitive materials to a person not withing their organization.
  • Ignore Conversation – If receiving massive unwanted e-mails or e-mails you find irrelevant is your peeve, this feature provides a type of “mute button.”
  • Conversation View – Taking a cue from the wildly popular feature available with Gmail (Google’s e-mail offering), you can now view related e-mails in one conversation and thereby clean up some of that inbox mess.
  • Voice Mail Preview – All your converted to text transcript voice mails can be presented directly in Outlook.

Next wave revealed

What’s next? Microsoft has announced that the next set of Office centered products to be available in the first half of 2010 includes MS Visio 2010, MS Project 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 2010. Currently, you can download your copy of Exchange Server 2010 at http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/2010.

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