Microsoft Corporation began its Microsoft Exchange Conference in Boston Thursday with keynote address by general manager Brian Valentine, who wowed the crowd with information about Exchange Server 6.0, code-named "Platinum." According to Valentine, Exchange Server 6.0 will ship sometime in 1999, after Windows NT 5.0 ships, and scale higher while supporting more users per server. Exchange 6.0 will also feature failover and load balancing capabilities. It is unclear at this time whether Exchange 6.0 will even run on Windows NT 4.0 because of the number of NT 5.0 features that it takes advantage of.
"We're not confused on which platform we run on," Valentine said. "There is nothing in NT \[5.0\] that we are not going to support."
Exchange 6.0 will also integrate more tightly with Office 2000's Outlook component as a client. Outlook 2000 will feature a new "find public folder" capability, great replication options including one-key synchronization, and an integrated Internet Explorer 5.0 Web browser. With Exchange 6.0 on the back-side and Outlook 2000 as the client, users will be able to easily build basic collaboration applications.
Microsoft will also include an upgrade Wizard that will convert Lotus Notes applications to Exchange public folders.