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  • First public Beta

    Download it from here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...e-d3d20fad77d7
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    Re: First public Beta

    I have one thing to say:

    Now that I've got that out of my system:
    • OWA continues to morph, but by default it looks like Windows Live sites, which I'm not crazy about. I hope that can be changed. If it truly has "all of the features of the Outlook client" then that would be nice. It might be possible to reduce Outlook licenses even more (OWA 2007 is pretty sharp though).
    • No more storage groups? Dude... wait... what??
    • Database Availability Groups look intriguing. Failover clustering for dummies?
    • Mail Tips could be useful... or just another thing that confuses users.
    • SMS features? (That's Short Message Service and not Systems Management Server) I'll reserve my judgement about that.
    • Support for FireFox and Safari... doesn't OWA 2007 already support FF? And Safari... yuck. People using Safari deserve to be punished (unless it's Safari mobile *pets his iPhone*)
    • Users can now make their own server-side distribution groups. My first reaction is "WOOT!!". My second reaction is "Umm... wait..."
    • Searching multiple mailboxes: nice.
    • Migrating mailboxes without taking a user offline. Progress marches on.
    • And of course the usual blah-blah-blah about unified messaging.


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    • #3
      Re: First public Beta

      OWA is renamed Outlook Live - so get used to the new look.

      The SMS feature once again shows Microsoft not looking outside of the USA. Did they not learn anything from the pointless "Always Up to Date" feature in Exchange 2003? Free SMS does not exist outside of the USA, therefore no administrator is going to enable that feature because the users will abuse it.

      The support for other browsers is in Exchange 2007, but it isn't as close to the IE experience as Exchange 2010 - it was one of the major criticisms with OWA 2007 and something I know Microsoft have worked hard to overcome.

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