Microsoft Exchange alternatives

Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft Exchange Server is the server side of a client–server, collaborative application product developed by Microsoft. Exchange's major features consist of electronic mail, calendaring, contacts and tasks; support for mobile and web-based access to information; and support for data storage. Microsoft Exchange free open-source alternatives are Open-Xchange, Zimbra, SOGo, Zarafa.
Microsoft Exchange alternatives are:
Office 365, GMail, MS Outlook, Zimbra, Kerio Connect, Rackspace Email

Here are the latest news about Microsoft Exchange:

2010 Google Apps making Microsoft nervous

Google Apps
Recently, Google released the next anti-microsoft tool - Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange, the plugin which allows you to easily move mail, calendars and contacts from Exchange to Google Apps. Last year they released the utility that syncs Outlook with Google Apps, but now you can import data directly from the Exchange server. Previously, Microsoft just ignored such events, or commented that Google Apps - is just a toy that no serious company will use. But Google's constant pressure is making them nervous. Microsoft recently launched the channel on Youtube, which contains videos explaining why MS Office products are better than Google's. For example, here's the video Exchange vs GMail:

But Microsoft did not take into account the fact that Google updates its services faster than they create videos. Therefore, some features such as remote data wipe, the office reservation issue, clipboard, offline file access in Google Docs - were already implemented in Google Apps. Other issues can be implemented in the near future. As a result, this marketing campaign only shows that Microsoft is really afraid of Google Apps.

2009 Exchange 2010 - unified messaging in the Cloud

Exchange 2010 logo
Microsoft officially released the new version of its enterprise email server Exchange Server 2010. It's desktop client Outlook 2010 will appear only next year together with other Office 2010 applications. What is the most interesting about Exchange 2010? First, thanks to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 (details here), and some new features in the new version, Exchange 2010 is now completely adopted for the cloud deployment. Of course, Hosted Exchange 2007 has been already provided for some years, but the latest version is much more secure, reliable and suitable for administration, when installed on the remote server (or in data-center).

Second, the Exchange web client (Outlook Web Access) was fully revamped. BTW it's now called Outlook Web App. We already mentioned about its new GMail-like features, but the most interesting that it's positioned now not just as email client, but as unified messaging client. It can support not just emails, but also sms, IM messages and voicemail (if Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is installed). Outlook Web App optimized for all browsers (except Chrome) and works on mobile devices.

Other important updates include enhanced spam protection (beta users report of fantastic 70% spam reduction in Inbox), inbuilt email archiving system and enhanced database. Exchange 2010 works only on 64-bit platforms. Together with Exchange 2010, its security infrastructure Forefront Protection 2010 has been released.

2006 Microsoft Exchange 2007 bets on unified messaging

Microsoft Exchange 2007
Today Microsoft has officially announced the new version of its Email collaboration solution Exchange Server 2007. The main concept of the new Exchange version is unified messaging. It means that employees can work with e-mail, voice mail and faxes in a single interface. And thanks to the integration with MS Office Communications Server, text-to-speech and voice recognition technologies now you can dial to your mailbox and listen to the new email-messages. But these features are available only in more expensive edition Exchange Enterprise. In addition, the new Exchange version includes antivirus and antispam protection, tools for backup and data replication (that significantly increase the mailbox size), the new feature Outlook Anywhere, that lets you connect Outlook to the Exchange server via the Internet. Besides, Exchange 2007 only runs on 64-bit architecture .

2003 Exchange Server 2003 becomes more specialized and mobile

Outlook Mobile
Microsoft has released the new version of its e-mail server Exchange Server 2003. Now, this system can be really called "e-mail server", because Microsoft has decided to divide some of its functions between other products. The built-in Exchange messenger has migrated to Microsoft Office Live Communications Server, and the web-conferencing server - to Live Meeting. In addition, Microsoft now recommends to share files not with Exchange, but on the intranet portal Sharepoint (although the Exchange public folders are still included). Thus, Exchange Server will be used just to manage e-mail, contacts, calendars and tasks. From the other hand Exchange Server 2003 got the new functions from the mobile server Microsoft Mobile Information Server and using a mobile the web client Outlook Mobile Access and server-side Exchange ActiveSync (to sync mobile email-client with server) allows users to work with e-mail, calendars and tasks on their mobile devices.

2000 MS Exchange 2000 Server gets inbuilt messenger

Microsoft Exchange 2000
Microsoft has released the new version of its collaboration solution Exchange 2000 Server. Unlike its predecessor, which included inbuilt directory service, Exchange 2000 fully relies on the external directory service Windows Active Directory, and because of this, many users may have big problems with this upgrade. Also Exchange 2000 Server includes a built-in messenger Exchange Instant Messaging (which supports any IRC-client) and web-conferencing service Exchange Conferencing (which works with Outlook 2000 and NetMeeting). Another new feature in Exchange 2000 is called Web Store - it's a file system that allows to organize and easy search for unstructured data inside Exchange, like web pages, documents, email messages .

1999 Lotus is losing ground to Exchange

1997 Microsoft Exchange 5.0 adds web-access, new desktop client MS Outlook

1996 Microsoft unveiled Exchange Server