Exchange Server 2013 General Availability; Office 2013 for Business Around the World Now Available!

Exchange Server 2013 reaches General Availability. "For those who wish to roll out Exchange Server 2013 in greenfield environments, or in labs and test environments to evaluate new features and test with LOB applications, you can start right away," Microsoft stated."If you are running an Exchange 2010 or 2007 environment, you'll need Exchange Server 2010 […]

Exchange Server 2013 reaches General Availability. "For those who wish to roll out Exchange Server 2013 in greenfield environments, or in labs and test environments to evaluate new features and test with LOB applications, you can start right away," Microsoft stated.

Exchange Server 2013 General Availability

"If you are running an Exchange 2010 or 2007 environment, you'll need Exchange Server 2010 SP3 or 2007 roll up in order to upgrade."

Microsoft notes, that the Exchange 2010 SP3 and the roll up, are on track for release in Q1 of calendar year 2013.

You can download the 180 days evaluation bits from TechNet. Or, sign up for the Office 365 Preview to get the most current Exchange experience in the cloud.

Office 2013 is now available for business customers around the world that include the on-premises versions of the new Office products--including Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013--through Microsoft Volume Licensing.

Microsoft says, the new Office through retail and online channels is planned for the first quarter of 2013.

Microsoft is also claiming some users could see price decreases with the new Office 2013 servers due to consolidation in SKUs. Here's a statement from Microsoft spokesperson:

"Microsoft recently notified partners about licensing simplification and pricing changes coming with the next release of Office so they can inform customers about their options prior to license purchase or renewal. These price changes do not necessitate an automatic price increase and some customers may see an overall price reduction.

"As with any new release of Office, we evaluate how customers are using and licensing our products. Based on customer feedback, we simplified licensing options for businesses that want to continue to maintain their own environment. Customers now have consolidated access to features which provides increased flexibility as their deployment needs change.

"For example:

  • Microsoft Lync -- We replaced the two separate Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition and the Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition with a single license. With Lync Server 2013, any organization purchasing or renewing Lync Server gets all of the features previously reserved for the Enterprise Edition license, including enhanced scalability, redundancy and resiliency, in addition to 2013 enhancements such as Lync Web App for remote users to easily join web meetings, multi-party video, and H.264 SVC support to enable HD video conferencing across a range of devices. Lync Server 2013 External Connector rights are also now included for all workloads so customers can connect more easily and richly with external contacts.
  • Microsoft SharePoint -- The array of previous server licenses have been combined into the new SharePoint Server license. We increased the value of the SharePoint Server license by including SharePoint for Internet (and Extranet) Sites, Enterprise Search (FAST), and SkyDrive Pro, the new document storage service for SharePoint, in the main unified server license. Previously, access to those technologies required separate or different licenses.
  • Microsoft Exchange -- The world's leading enterprise email system, will get some fantastic updates including a simplified building block architecture, built-in anti-malware, and an enhanced Outlook Web App. We will also be retiring the separate external connector licensing, but there is no change to price," Microsoft stated.

Update: Amazon AWS Marketplace now supports Windows-based software and other new software categories including Big Data solutions.

"Customers can now quickly discover and 1-Click deploy software products running on Windows Server to the AWS Cloud, including well-known business intelligence, database, and hosting solutions," Amazon announced.

As with all products in the AWS Marketplace, "customers pay only for what they use and can scale their software up or down as needed. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances running Windows Server, include 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012 editions, and as with all Amazon EC2 Windows instances, customers have the option of enterprise-class support and updates, while taking advantage of the security, scalability, and pay-as-you-go pricing of AWS," the comapny added.

To learn more about the AWS Marketplace, visit http://aws.amazon.com/marketplace.