Mixed reviews for Outlook

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-11-29 Print this article Print

2007"> Exchange 2007 also brought greatly increased cluster performance, with failovers that used to take 10 minutes or more now taking less than a minute. Users also liked the integrated smart card login for OWA (Outlook Web Access), he said.

User reaction to Outlook 2007 has so far been mixed, he said, adding that while most of them enjoyed the rewritten OWA, that was tempered by complaints about features that used to be in the product and which are no longer there.
Examples of this include OWA rules for editing distribution groups, signing/encryption messages and deleted item recovery.
Tirch is also looking to the first update of the product that will address the fact that the graphical user interface for the Exchange Management Console lacks a lot of functionality. "All the commands can be done from Power Shell, but many Exchange administrators are not used to a command line and so this will require retooling," he said. Click here to read more about Windows PowerShell and Outlook Web Access. "Outlook 2007 will also need to be updated so that the Army will be able to use all the features that require auto-discovery." On the partner front, Quest Software, a global gold certified partner as well as a Microsoft managed partner, is working to have the migration and management solutions that support SharePoint 2007 and Exchange 2007 ready within 90 days. "We are focused on helping customers take full advantage of the Exchange 2007 platform. Most of these products are expected to be available either at the launch of Exchange 2007 or within 90 thereafter," Dave Champine, Quests director of Exchange solutions, in Aliso Viejo, Calif., told eWEEK. These Quest products will help customers with migration and management, including migrating from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2007 with Quest Exchange Migration Wizard; as well as disaster recoverability and e-Discovery with Recovery Manager for Exchange. The Public Folder Migrator for Sharepoint will also let companies easily adopt SharePoint as their collaboration platform by migrating public folder content and permissions, he said. "The level of interest has been very high in these products from enterprises because they are interested in many of the new capabilities Exchange 2007 offers around performance with the move to a 64-bit architecture and unified messaging," Champine said. Champine added that customers who are still on older versions of Exchange such as Exchange 5.5, which Microsoft no longer supports, are anxious to move to the new Exchange platform. Quest expects Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2000 customers to start deploying Exchange 2007 during the first half of 2007. "We have already been working with Microsoft and several early adopter customers to migrate them from Exchange 5.5 to 2007. These migrations are being driven by not only the new capabilities of 2007, but also by the fact that Microsoft no longer offers mainstream support for Exchange 5.5 and that their hardware is fully deprecated and out of warranty," Champine said. Read more here about eWEEK Labs review of Office SharePoint Server 2007. David Waugh, Quests vice president of SharePoint solutions, in Ontario, Canada, said he expects a quick adoption of SharePoint 2007, telling eWEEK that many large, early-adopter companies that have already been running the beta of SharePoint 2007 are now putting it into production, even before its official launch. "Customers and system integrators have been telling us that they are pleased with the changes coming in SharePoint 2007 and are excited to take advantage of them," Waugh said. "Quest wants to help the customers get there and manage it once they are there." Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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