For Microsoft, Improvement is in the Exchange

Microsoft launches the first beta of Exchange 12, designed to give corporate customers a tighter messaging system.


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Posted December 15, 2005

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Microsoft has released the first beta of Microsoft Exchange 12, the forthcoming version of the company's messaging software designed to give corporate IT staffs greater control over data transfer.

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.

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