The talk about the next version of Exchange, codename “E14″ also called Microsoft Exchange 14 is starting on the web. On TechNet Edge and the Exchange team blog, you can find a video about the product, mostly regarding the scalability of E14 and the test they are performing.
Here i hope i can put some light on the other features that we may see on the next release of Microsoft Exchange Server and when it will be released (RTM)
I have to admit that this is my best guesses, the if were to bet on a name it would be:
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2009
Other names that is out there:
- Microsoft Exchange 14
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 R2
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2010*
*The name Exchange 2010 has been spotted on a MS download site
Feature of Exchange 14:
My best bet is that we will see the Exchange team make some important improvement to the interface, to make it possible to administer your Exchange server without having to use the management shell.
Scalability is also a high priority for Microsoft. I will not judge about the reason for this, but have in consideration that Microsoft in the future will have the largest Exchange environment in the world when they start to sell there hosted Exchange solution.
In the Unified Messaging (and unified communications) area there will be big improvements and new features. One specific feature that MS has mentioned is that location profile synchronization is no longer needed for OCS <-> Exchange integration.
Better Caller-ID resolution is also a “known” improvement. Huntgroup and Agent configuration and usage will also be improves.
One of the very cool features of Exchange 2007 is the ability to call and talk to your Exchange server, also called Outlook Voice Access. One of the major drawback with this feature is that it can only perform voice recognition with English. Also text to speech is limited to a few languages. In E14 Microsoft will expand the support to 26 languages for both voice recognition and text to speech.
It´s always hard to guess about the release date of any software product. Microsoft is one of the best in the business to estimate the release dates of their products, and maybe the cause for this is that they don’t say before they are sure.
From what i have heard we will see E14 on the streets just after summer 2009. this is of course only a rumor but I believe that we will see the next Exchange Server this year.
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