Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Exchange Server 2013 is an iteration of Microsoft’s Exchange server. Exchange Server 2013 is similar to Exchange Server 2010 in that the messaging platform can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or as a hybrid solution in which some servers exist on-premises while others reside in the cloud.

Exchange 2013 includes various changes since Exchange 2010, such as: 

  • A more streamlined server role architecture – Instead of the five-server-role architecture in Exchange 2010 (mailbox server, unified messaging server, client access server, hub transport server, edge transport server), Exchange 2013 operates on a two-role architecture (mailbox server role and client access server role).
  • Improvements to Outlook Web App  (OWA) - The look and feel of OWA will resemble that of Windows 8 and Windows Phone. .Additionally, the overall mobile device experience has been enhanced and all devices will be supported.
  • Compliance tools - Compliance tools have been improved and users can search across SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Windows file servers.
  • Improved social interaction – Exchange 2013 includes built-in tools to track users’ social communication and behavior, thus improving search results in Exchange 2013.

Microsoft has not announced a release date for Exchange Server 2013 yet, but Exchange Server 2013 Preview can be downloaded for sandbox environments.  

Exchange Server Pro reviews Exchange Server 2013's new management tools.

Contributor(s): Matt Gervais
This was last updated in August 2012
Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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