As Microsoft marks one year since it released Exchange Server 2003, it is continuing its efforts to move customers off Exchange Server 5.5, the widely installed platform whose free support expires at the end of the year.
Company executives said about 40% of its Exchange customers were still running Exchange Server 5.5 at the start of 2004, with many planning to migrate this year. Microsoft won't know for a few weeks -- until
In the coming weeks, the software maker is expected to offer more incentives to get people to migrate from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003, including more technical documentation to help them make the move, Ashton said. He didn't offer any specifics on the incentives.
Microsoft still hasn't
This SMTP relay, which is essentially a perimeter-protection device, will still include Sender ID, a Microsoft-co-authored protocol that was recently rebuffed by the open source community and others over intellectual property issues. The Internet Engineering Task Force standards body subsequently abandoned its efforts on the e-mail authentication specification, but Microsoft is undeterred. "It's still a big part of our investment," Ashton said.
While many customers welcome spam-fighting tools, others are still busy upgrading their Exchange servers to focus on newer versions of the technology. "We have 17,000 mailboxes, so I'm glad there is no Exchange 2004 coming out," said Scott Bueffel, a senior messaging administrator at CNF Services, a transportation company with headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. "This lets us finish our migration."
Robert Bakker, a senior consultant at Cap Gemini's offices in Utrecht, the Netherlands, agreed. "I'm not really worried about new versions of Exchange," Bakker said. "The functionality as it is now is doing what we need. I like the idea of new spam-fighting tools, but I'm not really looking for an entire new messaging solution."