Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe
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Roundup: what's new with Exchange and EAS

The recent Microsoft Exchange Conference was an interesting mix of nostalgia and news. The latest version of Exchange was code complete before the conference so the presenters were showing off the final version of Outlook Web Access (with offline access that definitely does now work in Metro IE on Windows 8/RT) and talking about the new architecture, which is an interesting match for features in Server 2012 like continuous availability, Hyper-V 3 and storage pools.

Just as interesting was the discussion about forthcoming trends - cheaper storage means storage quotas for email are an even sillier idea (you deprive workers of the information they find the most useful because you can't be bothered to fit a bigger hard drive), SSDs are always going to be the same premium over hard drive for the same capacity so it's too pricey for all your storage and it takes so long to identify hot data it's better to just use them as general integrated cache - and a look back at the reasons for previous architectures. There was a lot of looking back by attendees; mentions of Exchange 5.5 got ripples of laughter and groans, old arguments about switching to Exchange were still being rehashed over meals.

In more detail:
Exchange 2013 advantages - in house and in the cloud
Exchange 2013 will repair itself, run on cheap disks, enables the death of email quotas, and stop users sending mail that breaks company rules
(This was the article where my editor had to footnote and explain tribbles!)


No EAS logo, no email?
Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) doesn't just get email and calendar appointments onto almost every smartphone from just about every mail service; you can also use it to apply security policies to tablets and smartphones.

EAS is the 'de facto' standard for email synchronistation

However while EAS is proving so popular – Microsoft's Exchange corporate Vice President Rajesh Jha calls it a "de facto standard" – there are some inconsistencies in the way it works and Microsoft is working to make the protocol it licences to so many other companies a bit more standard in use.

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