As widely known, Microsoft Exchange Server is a platform which can help you assess your emails and contacts from virtually any device. It is designed to meet the communication requirements of the businesses such as reliability and enterprise-grade security. Hosted Exchange 2010 is supported by variety of browsers and allows you to work from anywhere. You would be able to build and manage a reliable messaging environment, thereby providing enhanced functionality for the various users.
Microsoft Exchange 2013, the latest version of the server brings a new set of features, modified technologies and services to the product line. The new features and functionality in Exchange 2013 help in the following:
- Improved social integration
- Enhanced user experience through streamlined user interface
- Improved integration with Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft Lync 2013
- Improved search and indexing
- Prevention of data loss
- Improved scaling and hardware utilization
Here is the list of architectural and functional changes that have been made in the Exchange 2013 compared to Exchange 2010, the earlier version of the server:
- Management Interfaces: The Exchange Administration Center (EAC) in Exchange 2013 replaces the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and Exchange Control Panel (ECP) in Exchange 2010. Now, in the list view, you can view up to approximately 20,000 objects as opposed to 500 in the earlier version. You can also create and save your custom list views.
- Reduced server roles to two: In Exchange 2013, there are only two server roles namely the Client Access server role and the Mailbox server role. The Hub Transport server and Unified Messaging Server are discontinued in the newer version. The role of Hub Transport server is now handled by Transport service on Mailbox server in Exchange 2013 and the role of Unified Messaging Server is handled by Unified Messaging service that runs on both the Client Access server and the Mailbox server. This change in architecture results in simplicity and more efficiency.
- Mail routing: Mail routing has been improved to queue messages directly for the internal recipients. It is now also possible to recognize the DAG boundaries and the Active Directory site boundaries.
- Increase in Message size for connectors: The default message size for a Send or Receive connector has been increased to 25 MB, as compared to 10 MB in Exchange 2010.
- Improved sharing through Site mailboxes: With the site mailboxes, user productivity is improved because it allows accessing both emails and documents in the Outlook 2013 and the SharePoint site respectively. In this way, you don’t have to refer to two different data repositories for emails and documents and you can save a substantial amount of time.
- Batch move feature: Microsoft Exchange 2013 introduces the batch move feature, which helps to move multiple mailboxes in large batches. With this feature, you can move both the primary mailbox and the personal archive mailbox at the same time.
The new features of Exchange 2013 outlined above are quite helpful for the exchange administrators. It would help them in increasing their productivity and to reduce the costs associated with storage.