With Windows Server 2003's built-in mail capabilities, will I still need Exchange Server 2003?

A. Windows 2003's mail capabilities are very basic and best suited for situations in which only limited send and receive abilities are needed. Exchange 2003 is a superior solution that's scalable for the largest enterprise and offers improvements in every area, including

  • IMAP/Messaging API (MAPI) support
  • Web client support
  • Outlook client feature support
  • mobile device access
  • fast backup and restore options via multiple database
  • single instance storage (i.e., Exchange stores just one copy of a message that's sent to multiple people)
  • online and offline backups
  • advanced administration tools
  • administration for an entire organization
  • integrated virus scanning
  • anti-spam capabilities
  • clustering
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