Exchange Server

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.

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    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.

    Exchange 2019 Server On-Premises Debuts

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft has shipped Exchange 2019, the latest in a long line of enterprise-class email servers stretching back to 1996. The latest version runs on Windows Server 2019 and Microsoft recommends that you use Server Core. There's fewer people using on-premises servers today, but those that do can install the best email server in the business.

    OWA Gets a Refresh

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft has released a new version of Outlook Web Access (OWA) to preview. Office 365 targeted release tenants can check the new UI out to see how it works. It's new and it's early, so some glitches exist, but the new OWA is more attractive than the old, which might be all that's important.

    Looking Forward to Office 365 at Ignite 2018

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft has scheduled 1,500+ sessions for the Ignite 2018 conference in Orlando next week. What's happening for Office 365? Well, there are many sessions to attend, but the interesting thing is the huge number of sessions assigned to Teams compared to other workloads. SharePoint does OK, but Exchange is low, and Yammer gets a surprising allocation.