The Redmond, Wash., software giant has fashioned Exchange 12, which fuels tasks like e-mail and calendar planning in corporations, with greater in-box access for employees on the move and greater security to stymie spam and viruses.
The improvements come at a time when more companies are watching data volumes balloon thanks to the growing glut of e-mail. Administrators need to be able to increase the scale of data company servers can handle, so Microsoft has improved Exchange 12 by designing it to run on 64-bit server systems.
In other new features, Exchange System Manager offers easier navigation and new filtering capabilities through a new graphical user interface (GUI).
The new Windows command line shell, code-named "Monad," automates routine tasks to save administrators time, while automatic client detection and configuration simplifies the setup of the Outlook e-mail client to save time.
To serve employees who need to access their inbox regardless of where they may be, Exchange 12 will include a speech-enabled messaging platform that integrates e-mail, fax and voice mail in the user's inbox.
Thanks to Outlook Web Access, the software will allows users to access their inboxes from mobile devices and any phone with a Web browser from anywhere without a special network connection.
With spam accounting for nearly 40 percent of the e-mail sent in North America on an average day, and worms and virus threats mounting, Microsoft wants to boost the security in Exchange 12.