Exchange Online

Exchange Online is the hosted version of Microsoft's messaging platform, Exchange Server.

Exchange Online is the hosted version of Microsoft's messaging platform, Exchange Server.

Introduced as part of the Exchange Server 2010 release, Exchange Online gives companies a majority of the same benefits that on-premises Exchange deployments provide. By integrating with the Microsoft Outlook client, companies that use Exchange Online can make use of hosted email, calendars and contacts, at a cost of  $5 (USD) per month, per end user. Microsoft Exchange Online is available as a standalone solution or as part of the Microsoft Office 365 collaboration suite

According to Microsoft, Exchange Online will provide customers with the following:

  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007 connectivity with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome browsers.
  • Mobile access with push email, calendar and contacts through Exchange ActiveSync
  • Compatibility with Microsoft Windows Phone, Apple iPhone and iPad, and many Nokia and Android phones
  • Mobile device security policies, including PIN lock and "remove device" wipe
  • 25 gigabyte (GB) mailboxes and the ability to send messages up to 25 megabytes (MB)
  • Ability to share free/busy calendar data with other organizations using Exchange Online
  • Company directory, distribution groups and shared contacts
  • Hosted voicemail compatible with on-premises PBX phone systems and Lync Server 2010
  • Voicemail preview, call answering rules and company auto-attendant
  • 99.9% uptime commitment with financially backed service level agreement (SLA)
  • Continuous data backup between globally-redundant data centers
  • Deleted item retention and deleted mailbox recovery
  • Virus/spam filtering with Microsoft Forefront Online Security for Exchange
  • Continuous intrusion monitoring and detection
  • HTTPS connections
  • Built-in email archiving with the ability to search multiple user mailboxes at once
  • Policies to automatically expire email data or preserve it for compliance purposes
  • Flexible transport rules for applying disclaimers and other policies to email in transit
  • Free tools for migrating IMAP and Exchange Server mailbox data to Exchange Online
  • The ability to combine Exchange Server mailboxes and Exchange Online mailboxes in a hybrid environment
  • The ability to synchronize on-premises Active Directory with Microsoft Online Services
  • 24/7 support by phone or on the web
  • Centralized, Web-based access for configuration and administration of Exchange Online services
  • Remote PowerShell connections for advanced configuration and automation
  • Role-based access control (RBAC) for controlling administrator permissions

 

This was first published in October 2012

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