The much-awaited email hosting solution Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange 2013 will soon be made available, a revamped version of the product that will surely enhance collaborative efforts in businesses all over the world.
The decision whether to release or hold back Exchange 2013 for a period of time was very crucial for Microsoft, a company which is beset by Internet politics. Exchange is a part of Office Wave 15 and is intended for a joint release with Microsoft Office server applications like SharePoint and Lync, in addition to client applications like PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
However, there is a difference between saying that Exchange 2013 is all set to be released and that customers can deploy the software for their use. It is expected that Exchange 2013 has a steady journey ahead, before it can make much impact when calculated as above five percent of the installed base. There are several steps between Exchange 2013 being deployed to customers and getting appreciation from them.
Microsoft has to first get the final code of Exchange 2013 to its customers and this intricate process includes several steps like determining the best way to distribute the software and updating various marketing materials. Next, the customers will assess the finished version of Exchange 2013, comparing the features and benefits to their specific requirements. If it is determined to be a good match, Microsoft will then move on to the challenge of software deployment, which might involve migration from the current legacy version to the final version of Exchange 2013.
If consumers want to leverage special features found in Microsoft Exchange 2013, they must carefully consider they type of software that they want to use including Data Leak Protection or SharePoint 2013, which may again delay the process of Exchange 2013 deployment. Technology experts are anticipating more time to pass before Exchange 2013 will finally come into the hands of customers, despite the company revealing that the software has recently received a kick start.
Edited by Jamie Epstein