Chris Samson, on the Microsoft Hosting Partner Technical Advisor Blog, announced today that Microsoft's enterprise-level communications server, Exchange 2010, is officially "code complete." The final, RTM (release-to-manufacturing) version is expected in November.
The release of Exchange 2007 brought to IT admins a host of new features and 2010 doesn't appear to be any different. You can find a pretty detailed list of new Exchange 2010 features, both for users and admins, on the MS Unified Communications blog but here are some highlights:
- Users can share information such as calendar free/busy and contacts with users who reside in a different organization
- New parameters have been added to the distribution group cmdlets to allow users to create and manage their own distribution groups in Outlook Web App and Outlook 2010
- Enhanced reporting with Public Folders
- Text messaging (SMS) integration (from within Outlook Web Access)
- A side-by-side view for calendars (from within Outlook Web Access)
- Conversation view (from within Outlook Web Access)
- Auto tagging for retention policies
- You can manage folder-level permissions for all folders within a user's mailbox
This list is just a fraction of the new features available in Exchange 2010. In addition, you can also find details on new features of Exchange Store core functionality, new administrative functionality in the Exchange Management Console and new unified messaging functionality and voice mail features.
While Exchange 2010 looks to bring a number of unique enhancements, I can't say the same for Outlook 2010. The first test release of it was unfortunately underwhelming.