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A Look At Exchange 2007

A unified in-box, voice mail support, and an improved Outlook e-mail client are some of the changes.




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100 Things You Must Know About Microsoft's Most Important Product Launch Ever
Vital Stats About Vista
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Vista's Security Challenge
Office 2007: Bells And Whistles
A Look At Exchange 2007
Steve Ballmer's Own Top 10 List
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Windows Vista Timeline
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Our Guide To The Guides

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Few companies will upgrade immediately. One in five Exchange users are still served by the 9-year-old Exchange 5.5, according to Gartner, which estimates most companies won't begin the switch until 2008.

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Exchange 2007 calls for 64-bit servers and Windows Server 2003 x64 edition. New chips like Athlon, Xeon, and Opteron will get the job done, but most Pentium systems won't.

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64-bit memory leads to an estimated 75% performance improvement over Exchange 2003. In general, administrative tasks run faster--not the e-mail itself, says beta tester Todd Wilson with Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health.

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Exchange 2007 can prevent e-mail, too. Among the server's controls is the ability to block e-mail between groups of employees not allowed to share data.

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The unified in-box takes a step forward. Exchange 2007 supports voice mail and faxes, and there will be integration with Microsoft's forthcoming Office Communications Server.

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Take it with you. Exchange 2007 supports mobile search and better calendaring for mobile users, as well as the ability to wipe data from lost or stolen devices.

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Exchange 2007 can be parceled across servers--gateway access on one computer, security and calendaring on another--with the added benefit of improved redundancy.

Windows Mail links to Vista's calendar
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Windows Mail links to Vista's calendar
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Alternatives abound. IBM is expected to announce its answer to Exchange 2007 in January. Zimbra's e-mail software runs on Linux servers. Google's Gmail or Microsoft's Hotmail/Live Mail may be sufficient for small companies.

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Development gets easier. Microsoft cleaned up a morass of older APIs and is emphasizing new Web services APIs.

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Outlook, Microsoft's e-mail client, is vastly improved. Bells and whistles include a built-in RSS reader, better search, automatic color coding of messages, and the ability to automatically delete mail after a designated period of time.

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