Newest Microsoft Releases: What To Expect With Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft has unveiled its next edition of Exchange Server – the popular e-mail platform for businesses all around the world.  Exchange Server 2010, now nearly two months into its beta release, is the start of Microsoft’s full suite of products including Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010, and Microsoft Project 2010. 

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we get access to take part of the pre-beta process with Microsoft releases and test the products before deploying them at customer locations.  Over the next few months we will be finishing testing in our virtual lab so that we know what features and deployment strategies will be best for our clients looking for an upgrade.

Exchange Server has always been revered for its great mobility features, allowing users to connect anywhere from their desktop, the web and on-the-go via their mobile devices – allowing instant access to their e-mail anytime, anywhere.

From what we know in the first steps, Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2010 surpasses its processor Exchange Server 2007 in the ease of deployment, mobility and compliance.

Some of the top features to look out for in the upcoming Exchange Server 2010 include:

Ability to replace your traditional voicemail system with a unified communications platform.  Users can receive a text-transcript of their voicemails straight to their inbox or mobile phones and create routing rules for individuals or groups based on caller ID.

Communicate via SMS text message to mobile devices straight from your Outlook or OWA. 

50% reduction in disk IOPS (Input/Output Per Second) over Exchange Server 2007 as well as greater protection against data corruption.

Greater archiving and retention policies to aid with legal discovery or compliance needs.  Litigation Hold can be set on individual mailboxes or the entire enterprise to immediately preserve a user’s deleted and edited mailbox items.

Administrators can move mailboxes between databases without taking users offline. Users can connect to their mailboxes, sending and receiving mail, while the move is taking place.  This gives administrators the flexibility to perform system maintenance during business hours instead of during the night or weekends.