Microsoft today unveiled Office 2013 and the new line up of Office 365 productivity suites. Also, Microsoft quitely made availabe the next version of Exchange "Excahnge Server 2013" Preview, which enables you to increase user productivity and keep your organization safe, while maintaining the control you need.
Remain in control, online and on-premises
Exchange enables you to tailor your solution based on your unique needs and ensures that your communications are always available, while you remain in control, on your own terms--online, on-premises, or a hybrid of the two.
Move to the cloud on your terms with flexible options, including Exchange hybrid deployment
Exchange provides you tools to move to the cloud on your terms, whether that's onboarding to the cloud overnight or managing a hybrid deployment with mailboxes on-premises and online. Limit user disruption when mailboxes are smoothly moved across environments and enable users to share calendars and schedule meetings, regardless if they are online or on-premises. Try out upcoming enhancements in the cloud, with support for upgrade roll-backs and previews.
Decrease the amount of time spent managing your messaging systems while maintaining control
Manage powerful capabilities, including Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and site mailboxes, from the Exchange Administration Center (EAC)--a single, easy-to-use, web-based administration interface. Role-based access control empowers your helpdesk and specialist users to perform specific tasks without requiring full administrative permissions. This streamlined and intuitive experience helps you manage Exchange efficiently, delegate tasks, and focus on driving your business forward.
Keep all of your important data in one place with Exchange archiving, large mailboxes, and retention policies
Empower your users with a large mailbox to allow them the flexibility to retain email in their primary mailbox or move items to an in-place archive. With flexible and powerful retention policies, you can take control of your storage and compliance demands while keeping your users productive.
Exchange enables your users to be more productive by helping them manage increasing volumes of communications across multiple devices and work together more effectively as teams.
Give your users an intuitive, touch-enabled inbox experience
Your users can get more done from anywhere with a clean, uncluttered inbox that focuses on the relevant and important information.
Allow your users to work better together on teams and projects
Site mailboxes enable your users to collaborate on projects, get up to speed quickly on teams they join, and share information easily. Co-authoring, document storage, and versioning is provided by SharePoint, while messaging is handled by Exchange with a complete user experience, including document access, within Outlook.
Customize Exchange by integrating web-based apps for Outlook and Outlook Web App
Help your users spend less time switching between apps and make their communications experience more powerful with an extension model that allows you to provide easy plug-in access to web-based apps within both Outlook and Outlook Web App. With single sign-on to multiple apps, you can reduce complexity for users and give them secure, authorized access for each approved application.
Keep your organization safe
Exchange keeps your organization safe by enabling you to protect business communications and sensitive information in order to meet internal and regulatory compliance.
Eliminate email threats before they reach your network
Exchange actively protects your communications with built-in defenses against viruses, spam, and phishing attacks.
Protect your sensitive data and inform users of internal compliance policies
Prevent users from mistakenly sending sensitive information to unauthorized people. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) features identify, monitor, and protect sensitive data through deep content analysis, and PolicyTips in Outlook inform users about policy violations before sensitive data is sent. Built-in DLP policies are based on regulatory standards such as PII and PCI, plus Exchange can support other policies important to your business.
Enable your compliance officers to run In-Place eDiscovery across Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync from a single interface
Ensure internal and regulatory compliance by using the new eDiscovery Center to identify, hold, and analyze your organization's data from Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. The data always remains in place, so you never have to manage a separate store of data.
You can try Exchange Server 2013 Preview using this link.
Here is a complete rundown of the new features in Exchange 2013:
- Offline support in OWA: Emails and actions are automatically synced the next time connectivity is restored.
- Site Mailboxes bring Exchange emails and SharePoint documents together
offers three different UI layouts optimized for desktop, slate, and phone browsers
- Ability to customize Outlook and OWA by integrating apps from the Office marketplace. (Yes, this is a reference to the Agaves add-ins that Microsoft and partners will be making available via the new Office Store.) The new "Napa" tools and/or HTML5 are Microsoft's preferred ways to developers to build these.
- Replacement of the Exchange Management Console by a Web-based Exchange Administrative Center (EAC)
- Support for up to 8 TB disks and multiple databases per disk via Data Availability Group (DAG) management by reducing database IOPS by +50% and optimizing for multiple databases per volume to increase aggregate disk utilization while maintaining reasonable database sizes.
- Built in basic anti-malware protection, with ability for administrators to configure and manage settings from inside EAC. (Note: this feature can be turned off, replaced or "paired with premium services such as Exchange Online Protection for layered protection.")
- New Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities for identifying and protecting "sensitive data." DLP policies are based on regulatory standards, including PII and PCI. Also: new policy tips in Outlook 2013 can be set to inform users about potential policy violations.
- In-Place eDiscovery can be run across Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync from a single interface
- Updated canvas makes calendar more useful for everyone- OWA now supports simple entry of reminders and to-do's by typing right on the calendar. Users get quick, glance-able day and item "peeks". New views for day, week, and month - like the "month + agenda" (or "Mogenda") view - makes it really easy to manage your time.
- People search experience is consistent everywhere - from people hub to nickname cache when composing an email. Search spans across all of your people - personal contacts, GAL, networks. Search results are relevance based and contain rich results - photos, phone number, location, etc.
- Bring all of your contacts together and automatically keep them up-to-date - In Office 365, your users can import contact information from LinkedIn (and other networks in the future) so that they have all of their information in one place. Exchange will even find the same person across your personal contacts, GAL, and other networks and consolidate their information into one contact card, avoiding duplication and multiple contact cards with different information.
- Offline support in OWA allows your users to be productive when offline or on intermittently connected networks
- Public folders are now available in Exchange Online. Both on-premise as well as online, public folders provide the same capabilities customers are already familiar with. And more - they now share the same storage, indexing, and HA capabilities of regular mailboxes and public folder content can now be found via end-user search.
- Intuitive, gorgeous, touch-optimized experience on all screens - Users can now take advantage of the fresh, easy, and intuitive Windows 8 style experience across Outlook and OWA. OWA user experience scales beautifully for any form factor and size - PC or slate or phone - and has a modern user experience voice with great support for touch and motion. OWA now offers three different UI layouts optimized for desktop, slate, and phone browsers.
- Allow users to naturally work together - Site Mailboxes bring Exchange emails and SharePoint documents together. Like a filing cabinet, they provide a place to file project emails and documents and can only be seen by project members. Document storage, co-authoring, and versioning is provided by SharePoint while messaging is handled by Exchange - with a complete user experience within the new release of Outlook. Compliance policies are applied at the site mailbox level and are transparent to the users - thus preserving their productivity.
- Automatically protect Exchange availability from surges in traffic - Exchange now offers easy to administer controls to protect against unexpected surges in traffic.
- Cloud on your terms - whether that's onboarding to the cloud overnight or easily managing a hybrid deployment with mailboxes on-premises and online to meet your business needs.
- Significantly reduced operational overhead for high availability - DAG management is simplified via automatic DAG network configuration, enhancements to DAG management cmdlets, support for multiple databases per disk, and enhancements to lagged copies. Auto-recovery capabilities - inherently built into DAGs - are now extended to the rest of Exchange and all protocols. Client-initiated, automatic recovery allows you to reduce recovery time for site failures from hours to under a minute.
- Decrease the amount of time spent managing your system while maintaining control - Exchange now provides a single, easy-to-use, Web-based administration interface - the Exchange Administration Center (EAC). Role based access control (RBAC) empowers your helpdesk and specialist users to perform specific tasks which are surfaced appropriately in the EAC - without requiring full administrative permissions. This streamlined and intuitive experience helps you manage Exchange efficiently, delegate tasks, and focus on driving your business forward.
Here are some more new Exchange 2013 features, courtesy of Michael Van Horenbeeck, a member of the Pro-Exchange community and consultant/trainer with Xylos:
- A reduction in the number of available roles to two: a Client Access Server and a Mailbox Server role. The result: These two roles are now "loosely coupled," as Microsoft explains it. More from the Softies on this architectural change:
- "The Mailbox server includes all the traditional server components found in Exchange 2010: the Client Access protocols, Hub Transport service, Mailbox databases, and Unified Messaging. The Mailbox server handles all activity for a given mailbox. The Client Access server provides authentication, redirection, and proxy services. The Client Access server itself doesn't do any data rendering. The Client Access server is a thin and stateless server. There is never anything queued or stored on the Client Access server. The Client Access server offers all the usual client access protocols: HTTP, POP and IMAP, and SMTP."
- FAST Search now integrated into Exchange 2013 managed store to provide a more consistent (across Microsoft servers) indexing and searching experience
- Inclusion of a "Managed Store," with is the name of the rewritten information store processes, which are now written in C#
To get fully up-to-speed on the next release of Exchange, you can download the preview version of Exchange Server 2013 here.
Try the new Exchange Online in the Office 365 Enterprise Preview here.