With the beta release of Office 2013, new Office 365 services and email hosting solution Exchange Server 2013, it seems that Microsoft (News - Alert) has given its clients and cloud services a lot more of its attention.
Looking at the newly revamped version of Exchange 2013, Microsoft has always placed it as the cornerstone of communication and collaboration in Office. While Microsoft redesigned the product with low-cost large mailboxes and cloud services in mind with the Exchange 2010 release, the new offering includes a variety of exciting benefits that enable users to have more control, both online and on-premise, more secure business communications, and the ability to manage communication volumes across multiple devices.
Now optimized for 8TB disks, Exchange increases disk utilization while maintaining reasonable database sizes. The ever growing memory capacity helps improve search query performance and reduce IOPS. There has also been significant reduction of operational overhead for high availability. This has cut down recovery time for site failures from hours to under a minute, thanks to client-initiated, automatic recovery. Further, the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) now offers a single, Web-based and easy-to-use administration interface that empowers help desk and specialist users to perform specific tasks without requiring full administrative permissions. This streamlined and intuitive experience will help in efficient and focused business management.
Exchange also provides tools to move to the cloud on your terms. If you have a hybrid deployment, for example, the email hosting solution now provides you with a seamless experience to share calendars, schedule meetings and smoothly move across environments. To prevent data loss and theft, Exchange now integrates basic anti-malware protection and protects users from accidentally sharing sensitive information using the new Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities.
Lastly, other Exchange 2013 features include an intuitive, touch-optimized user interface that scales beautifully for any form factor and size, a modern people search experience to locate people quickly, the ability to integrate 3rd-party apps for Outlook and the availability of public folders, both offline and on-premise.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein