You may have seen some of the press coverage today on Office 365, which brings all of Microsoft's business productivity software together into one cloud service. Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will be the engine that powers Exchange Online in Office 365, lighting up slick new features such as:
The service will also have all of the newest Exchange 2010 features that you'd expect, including good stuff for end users (MailTips, Conversation View, instant messaging in OWA, Personal Archive...) and administrators (Remote PowerShell, RBAC, retention policies, auditing reports, multi-mailbox search...).
Live@edu customers have been enjoying Exchange 2010 as a cloud service since October 2007 via the Outlook Live offering, and have been providing important feedback to the Exchange team all along the way. We look forward to providing these new capabilities to the rest of you when Office 365 launches.
For more information on the Office 365 beta, go to www.office365.com. And check out the blog post by Julia White, Senior Director of Exchange Product Management, for links to Exchange Online case studies.
Jon Orton Senior Technical Product Manager