What’s new in Microsoft Exchange 2013?

Here we take a look at some of the new features in Microsoft Exchange 2013 and what advantages this could bring to your business:

Offline support in OWA: Emails and actions are automatically synced the next time connectivity is restored.

Site Mailboxes bring Exchange emails and SharePoint documents together

Outlook Web App offers three different UI layouts optimized for desktop, slate, and phone browsers

Ability to customize Outlook and OWA by integrating apps from the Office marketplace.

Replacement of the Exchange Management Console by a Web-based Exchange Administrative Center (EAC)

Support for up to 8 TB disks and multiple databases per disk via Data Availability Group (DAG) management

Built in basic anti-malware protection, with ability for administrators to configure and manage settings from inside EAC.

New Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities for identifying and protecting “sensitive data.” DLP policies are based on regulatory standards, including PII and PCI. Also: new policy tips in Outlook 2013 can be set to inform users about potential policy violations.

In-Place eDiscovery can be run across Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync from a single interface

A reduction in the number of available roles to two: a Client Access Server and a Mailbox Server role. The result: These two roles are now “loosely coupled,” as Microsoft explains it. More from the Softies on this architectural change:

“The Mailbox server includes all the traditional server components found in Exchange 2010: the Client Access protocols, Hub Transport service, Mailbox databases, and Unified Messaging. The Mailbox server handles all activity for a given mailbox. The Client Access server provides authentication, redirection, and proxy services. The Client Access server itself doesn’t do any data rendering. The Client Access server is a thin and stateless server. There is never anything queued or stored on the Client Access server. The Client Access server offers all the usual client access protocols: HTTP, POP and IMAP, and SMTP.”

FAST Search now integrated into Exchange 2013 managed store to provide a more consistent (across Microsoft servers) indexing and searching experience

For more information on how Exchange 2013 could benefit your business get in touch with us on 01522 718248.