Exchange Server: Updated Public Folder Guidance

Since Terry's blog post, there seems to be much confusion over the use of the word "de-emphasized".  Many people have interpreted this guidance as "Public Folders are dead, and we need to migrate to SharePoint now!"  This is not true.  Our updated guidance is centered around the major scenarios in which Exchange Public Folders are […]

Since Terry's blog post, there seems to be much confusion over the use of the word "de-emphasized".  Many people have interpreted this guidance as "Public Folders are dead, and we need to migrate to SharePoint now!"  This is not true.  Our updated guidance is centered around the major scenarios in which Exchange Public Folders are used today.  Depending on each scenario, the strengths of each server and known issues, you should find our guidance more specific to your environment. For this reason, Microsoft will continue to support Public Folders in the next major release of Exchange Server, after Exchange 2007.  This means Public Folders will have full support for 10 years from release of the next major release of Exchange Server.  Moreover, Microsoft will continue to invest heavily in SharePoint, which has focused platforms to support discussions, team calendaring and collaboration in Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and more mature enterprise content management with enterprise search in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS).

Guidance by Scenario

By looking at the primary scenarios where Public Folders are used, we hope to provide more clarity for your organization, allowing you to invest properly in your IT infrastructure.  For each scenario, we are providing specific guidance to help you decide whether Exchange Public Folders or SharePoint is the right option.

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