Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) 2012, the first time in 10 years kicked off, where attendees will learn more about the features coming in the next on-premises release, known as "Exchange Server 2013," and its cloud complements -- "Exchange Online" and "Office 365"-- and how these new Exchange delivers improved security and compliance features that help IT maintain control over sensitive business data.
The data protection and archiving features of Exchange are designed to help IT professionals take control of data protection and archiving in a big-data world. These new and improved features include:
- "Cloud-based email hygiene with Exchange Online Protection
- Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology to identify, monitor, and protect sensitive information
- In-place email archiving, hold, and native data governance to preserve email as long as necessary
- Advanced, yet easy-to-use eDiscovery tools to locate information in the organization
- Integration with SharePoint supports safe team collaboration with site mailboxes," Microsoft informed.
Microsoft officials didn't disclose the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) or general-availability targets for Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013 or other pieces of the next Office release. However, according to report, "November 2012 is the RTM target, and February 2013 the "launch"/commercial availability target," ZDNet's MJF posted citing some source.
Microsoft also posted a infographic of its study of 450 IT pros to look at how the communications landscape has evolved in the last decade.
Among the highlights, "IT pros report the need for better compliance and security as their companies expand, the variety of devices used in the workplace grows, and security attacks become more sophisticated," Microsoft stated in a press release announcing the MEC.
Also, Microsoft posted a video from July's Office 2013 Preview event, which features demos of a sampling of the new Office's enterprise capabilities that include powerful new capabilities and advancements that enterprises can get excited about.
This fall, Microsoft is holding another major product-focused conference - Microsoft SharePoint Conference (SPC) in November - that will dive deep into new features for enterprises.
Update: Watch this Windows 1.0 TV Commercial featuring now Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer, "has changed a lot since the debut of Windows 1.0."
Today's new tech-savvy geeks most likely wouldn't know about Windows 1.0, which was the first Windows, a 16-bit system released by the Redmond-based technology giant on November 20, 1985. It came with many innovative things at that time, including Reversi, as Ballmer proudly says in the commercial.