Microsoft Exchange Server is a mail server and calendaring server developed by Microsoft. It runs exclusively on Windows Server operating systems.
Exchange Server was initially Microsoft's internal mail server. The first version of Exchange Server to be published outside Microsoft was Exchange Server 4.0. Exchange initially used the X.400 directory service but switched to Active Directory later. Versions 4.0 and 5.0 came bundled with an email client called Microsoft Exchange Client. It was discontinued in favor of Microsoft Outlook.
Exchange Server uses a proprietary protocol called MAPI. Over time, however, it added support for POP3, IMAP, SMTP, and EAS.
Microsoft reached the RTM milestone for Exchange Server 2013 on October 11, 2012. A trial version of this product is available from Microsoft website.
New features include:
- Offline support in OWA: Emails and actions are automatically synced the next time connectivity is restored.
- Client connectivity: CAS role is the point of connectivity for all clients in Exchange 2013.
- Public folders: In 2013, public folders are now part of mailbox databases and high availability is achieved using DAG.
- Site Mailboxes: Brings Exchange emails and SharePoint documents together.
- Outlook Web App: Offers three different UI layouts optimized for desktop, tablet, and mobile phone browsers.
- Ability to customize: Outlook and OWA by integrating apps from the Office marketplace. (Yes, this is a reference to the Agaves add-ins that Microsoft and partners will be making available via the new Office Store.) The new "Napa" tools and/or HTML5 are Microsoft's preferred ways for developers to build these.
- Exchange Administrative Center (EAC): Replacement of the Exchange Management Console by a Web-based Exchange Administrative Center (EAC).
- Support for up to 8TB disks: And multiple databases per disk via Data Availability Group (DAG) management.
- Built in basic anti-malware protection: Ability for administrators to configure and manage settings from inside EAC. (Note: this feature can be turned off, replaced or "paired with premium services such as Exchange Online Protection for layered protection.").
- 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 (now Skype for Business) from a single interface.
- Combine Roles: A reduction in the number of available roles to two: a Client Access Server and a Mailbox Server role.
- FAST Search: Now integrated into Exchange 2013 managed store to provide a more consistent (across Microsoft servers) indexing and searching experience.
- Inclusion of a "Managed Store": The name of the rewritten information store processes, which are now written in C#.
- Replication: Public folders are now stored in mailbox databases and can take advantage of Database Availability Groups for replication and high availability.
- Data loss prevention: Capabilities that can be integrated into Transport Rules.
Exchange Server 2013 Enterprise
- Brand: Server
- Product Code: Exchange Server
- Availability: In Stock
- Ex Tax: $1,726.00