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Email Hosting Gets a Boost from Microsoft's Next Version of Exchange

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September 24, 2012

Email Hosting Gets a Boost from Microsoft's Next Version of Exchange

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor


Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Exchange has evolved over time, bringing to market a good mix of innovative developments such as voicemail inboxes, anti-spam protection, role-based access control, cloud-computing capabilities for email hosting, and high availability. In its latest incarnation, Microsoft spent a lot of time researching four areas in particular to offer a superior product. 


According to this Redmond Mag report, users are increasingly mobile and want to get their e-mail using their smartphones and tablet computers. Microsoft Exchange addresses that issue. The email hosting solution also had to address what is known as the “explosion of information,” and compliance issues. At the same time, the company must understand how to accommodate the new multigenerational workforce that incorporates social networking.

With Exchange 2013, the evolution continues. IT administrators will be managing an email hosting product that has a simplified architecture that involves client access and a mailbox. IT will also have an easier time dealing with the database availability groups and the data loss prevention feature, which will give administrators more options in protecting company data. 

For instance, if an employee attempts to send sensitive information outside the company, like a social security number or a credit card number, IT staff can set up the features within the email hosting solution to block any such transmission. It will also give larger companies something they’ve been looking for – bigger mailboxes. Exchange 2013 offers a sizable eight terabytes of storage capability.

Auditing gets easier with the email hosting solution, too. Working from a single console, the user can search mailboxes as well as URLs and locations. KQL query language capabilities are also built in to the email hosting solution, which is useful in running free text queries.

Exchange 2013 comes with malware protection, but it’s not Microsoft’s Forefront Online Protection. Users will be excited to see that the email hosting solution does include better spam protections, however, including fingerprint technologies and top-ranked spam filtering solution built in to Exchange. 

These tools will essentially look at the various characteristics of IP addresses that send spam, providing IT staff more visibility into where the spam is coming from and how to better block it in the future.This email hosting solution is embracing the public’s need for better device support. Microsoft is marketing the touch user interfaces as the “fast and fluid” tool that allows for the use of thumbs for controlling the various mail features. For those in the generation raised on texting, this transition should be a smooth one.

While the user is at the top of the list when the designers put Exchange 2013 together, they also had an eye out for the IT professionals. Many users will enjoy the easier access to popular social networking sites like LinkedIn (News - Alert) and Facebook, but not all companies have policies that allow such behavior. If so, IT staff can tweak the software to control what apps are used.


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