Microsoft Exchange server 2013

What’s new in Exchange 2013?

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It’s been more than 2 years, Exchange 2013 has been released and many IT industries are still in phase of migration from older versions to 2013. As an Exchange administrator, I am always excited by changes in Microsoft Exchange’s Architecture and capabilities and there are plenty of changes in the Exchange 2013 architecture and functionalities.

Here are the important changes and benefits in 2013 Exchange:

  • Outlook Web App (OWA): Access your email, calendars, and contacts from anywhere on any device using Web Apps in the browser. Outlook Web App offers three different layouts optimized for PCs, smartphones, and tablets with a touch-friendly interface.

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

  • Site Mailboxes and In-Place e-Discovery : Brings Exchange emails and SharePoint documents together. Improved integration with both SharePoint and Lync.

  • Customization : Outlook and OWA can now be customized with apps from the Office marketplace.

  • Exchange Administrative Center (EAC): The old Exchange Management Console has been replaced by the Web-based Exchange Administrative Center (EAC).

  • Support for larger disk sizes : Administrators have the ability to configure and manage settings for malware protection from inside EAC.

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

  • Combined 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 indexing and searching experience across Microsoft servers.

  • Inclusion of a “Managed Store” : Information store processes, rewritten 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.