Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Released Today

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I know this isn’t a topic on virtualization, however I know a lot of companies that were waiting for Exchange 2010 so they could merge their upgrade and virtualization project into one.  Well, the day is here. Exchange 2010 is out and is ready for your upgrade.

Exchange Server 2010 includes a host of new features customers will benefit from, including new integrated e-mail archive and discovery functionality, new user features to battle inbox overload, voice mail management enhancements, and improvements that simplify administration.

For businesses, highlights include:

  • New integrated archiving and discovery capabilities.

  • New unified mailbox resilience model that provides high availability, disaster recovery, and back up capabilities.

  • Ability to easily delegate administration to specialized users, such the help desk or a compliance officer.

  • Comprehensive information protection capabilities—from e-mail moderation to automatic e-mail encryption.

  • The choice to run Exchange on-premises, as a service hosted by Microsoft or as a hybrid of both.

For users, highlights include:

  • A consistent inbox, calendaring, and contacts experience across the PC, browser and phone.

  • Integrated conversation view bringing together information across all folders, inbox and sent and deleted items.

  • Ability to remove (or “mute”) themselves from irrelevant conversations with the click of a button.

  • Text preview of voice mail messages in the inbox.

  • New Call Answering Rules to easily create customized voice mail rules, such as call transfer options.

  • Mail Tips to notify users about potential mistakes before they send e-mail.

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