It’s Official – Exchange Server 2007 RTMs

by Bharat Suneja

It’s official now – Exchange Server 2007 has been released to manufacturing, according to (Exchange GM) Terry Myerson’s post on the Exchange team blog [read his short post on the team blog titled “Signed off!“].

Congratulations to the Exchange team for pulling off this remarkable release, and releasing the product in 2006!

This release is special for me – I have been involved with it as a part of Zenprise’ participation in the E12 (yes, that was the codename) TAP program. Through the TAP program, and other channels, I’ve come to know many great folks in Exchange who are passionate about the product they build – you can see some of them on this Exchange Server 2007 credits page. :)

Amongst the huge list of features and functionality that Exchange Server 2007 brings, I am most excited about the Exchange shell (the command-line interface built on top of “Monad”/PowerShell), the new Exchange console (won’t miss the 20,000 mouse clicks to get to SMTP virtual server), explicit server roles, Database Continuous Replication (LCR & CCR), the shiny new OWA that’s even closer to Outlook 2007 client in functionality, and new AD Site-based message routing (… and if you use the Standard Edition – no Store size restrictions!).

I’m positive we’ll continue to see Exchange grow in features & abilities, and above all – market share – in the years to come.

Time to get ready for the (Exchange) marketing folks to take over… :)

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