Microsoft Corporation quietly updated its Web site this weekend with information about its upcoming BackOffice 2000 suite, especially Exchange Server 2000, which will be showcased this week at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) it Atlanta, Georgia. Exchange Server 2000 builds on the existing Exchange 5.x platform, but integrates with Windows 2000 and Active Directory in ways that are simply amazing.
When Microsoft designed Exchange Server 2000, it identified the following three major customer requests:
- Increased reliability, scalability, and performance.
This apparently included "further utilization of the
capabilities of Windows 2000 to reduce the cost of
system ownership, though I tend to think that Microsoft
added that feature on its own.
- New forms of collaboration for users, including a
new way to work with messages, documents, and
- Access to information at any time, from anywhere, through technologies such as wireless communication, unified messaging, hand-held devices, and teleconferencing.
There's a lot of new information to digest here, but fortunately Microsoft is being pretty open about it. You can even download a free copy of Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 Beta 3 and evaluate it on your own.
And Microsoft is offering a Corporate Preview Program (CPP) for Exchange Server 2000 so that corporations can get involved with early deployment and get feedback directly from company representatives. Information about Exchange Server 2000 and the Exchange Server 2000 Corporate Preview Program can be found on the Exchange Server 2000 Web site.
With the Microsoft Exchange Conference 99 underway this week, there will probably be more information about this exciting new product forthcoming. And I've heard a bit about some of the scalability demonstrations that the company is planning, so expect to be amazed