Exchange Server

Exchange 2010 Nears the End

by Tony Redmond

Exchange 2010 will become unsupported on January 14, 2020. It's time to decide whether to move to Office 365 or Exchange 2016/2019. Exchange 2010 was a really big and important release in the 23-year history of the product, so it's sad to see it heading to the software scrapyard.

New OWA Makes Categories into Favorites

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft is still building out the new OWA (for Exchange Online) interface. One new feature is the ability to make categories into Outlook favorites. This seems like a small thing, but it's really quite useful if you make an effort to use categories. Some people will love it. Some will say "blah."

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    Microsoft Releases Exchange 2019 Preferred Architecture

    by Tony Redmond

    Meeting the commitment given at Ignite 2018, Microsoft has published the preferred architecture for Exchange 2019. As you'd expect, the architecture is highly influenced by the cloud. The fingerprints of Exchange Online are all over the document, but at least it's nice to see some technology (the MetaCache) being transferred from the cloud to on-premises customers.

    Outlook Mobile Gets a New Architecture

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft has simplified the synchronization architecture used to connect Outlook mobile clients to Exchange. The new approach sets the scene for some new functionality, like support for S/MIME and access to shared mailboxes. It's all good and it marks the continued progress of Outlook mobile since the Acompli acquisition in 2014.

    Using Exchange Address Book Policies with Teams

    by Tony Redmond

    Teams borrows from many other Office 365 applications to build its functionality.The latest component taken is Exchange Online address book policies, used to segment the directory and stop users getting in touch with other people in the organization outside the scope of a policy. But it's an imperfect and partial block, and if you really want to stop people talking, you'll have to do a lot more work.