Yesterday, we’ve noticed something extraordinary. What was that? Microsoft has released Exchange Server 2010 with Public Beta as a part of the so-called unified communications family, and I must say that it was welcomed by everyone. The Microsoft Exchange 2010 is the first 2010-product with MS Office 2010, MS SharePoint Server 2010, MS Visio 2010, and MS Project 2010 to come soon. According to the software company, this new family of Office apps will be a change for Microsoft meaning that the costs will be lowered, and the services & products will be greatly improved.
MS Exchange 2010 Beta includes disaster recovery, and always-on communications which is a very helpful tool for administrators as they will not spend too much time with e-mail systems. Microsoft says that Exchange Server 2010 will cut storage costs by 85% thanks to the direct-attached storage which is reliable and will not drop performance.
Archiving e-mail is not something very popular today as only 28% of companies are archiving their e-mails, but in the near future many organizations will archive e-mail contents therefore Microsoft has introduced an e-mail archive feature in Exchange Server 2010.
According to a recent study conducted by Basex, by 2010 a corporate person will receive an average of 93 e-mails per day which will cause organizations to lose about $650 billion per annually. Microsoft claims that they will decrease these costs thanks to Exchange Server 2010 and MS Outlook 2010 which will feature Voice Mail Preview, Call Answering Rules, Ignore Conversation, MailTips, and Conversation View. All these features will provide a better control over e-mails, and communications.
“Exchange 2010 ushers in the next generation of Microsoft unified communications software as the first server designed from inception to work both on-premises and as an online service. This release raises the bar with new archiving and end-user innovations that will help companies save money and employees save time,” says Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president of Exchange at Microsoft.
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with public beta is available for download now, and you can get it from here. The final version of MS Exchange Server 2010 will be released sometime in the second half of 2009, while all other MS Office 2010 products will become available in beta in Q3 of 2009, and will be released in Q1 of 2010.