Microsoft Releases 'Cloud-Forged' Exchange Server 2016
With a focus on improved workplace collaboration and faster search, Microsoft releases the on-premises version of its latest email server.A little more than two months after releasing a preview version, Microsoft has made Exchange Server 2016 available for download. Although meant to run on-premises, the latest version of the email server software was influenced by the cloud. "What sets this version of Exchange apart from the past, is that it was forged in the cloud," blogged Microsoft's Exchange group in a Sept. 1 announcement. "This release brings the Exchange bits that already power millions of Office 365 mailboxes to your on-premises environment." Despite efforts to unseat email as the business communications medium of choice, the inbox remains a firmly entrenched part of the workday for many users. Microsoft believes there's room for improvement by integrating some of the collaboration features found in Office. "Exchange 2016 includes a new approach to attachments that simplifies document-sharing and eliminates version control headaches," wrote the bloggers. "In Outlook 2016 or Outlook on the Web, you can now attach a document as a link to SharePoint 2016 (currently in preview) or OneDrive for Business instead of a traditional attachment, providing the benefits of co-authoring and version control."
Search has also been overhauled to deliver "more accurate and complete results," according to the software giant. "Outlook 2016 is optimized to use the power of the Exchange 2016 back-end to help you find things faster, across old mail and new. Search also gets more intelligent with Search suggestions, People suggestions, search refiners and the ability to search for events in your Calendar," asserted the company.