Exchange Server 2016 is now available to download as a preview.
Initially introduced at the Microsoft Ignite event earlier this year, Exchange Server 2016 includes a number of performance improvements and architecture changes.
The latest version has been developed around the idea of running Exchange Online at an extreme scale.
“Our software development process allows us to incorporate things we’ve learned in the cloud in the product releases that we deliver to on-premises customers,” said Jeremy Chapman, a director at Microsoft, in a blog post.
During the development stage, the Microsoft Office team wanted to enhance simplification, both in server architecture and migration from Exchange Server 2013 and 2010. Improvements have been made to performance, including indexing, search capabilities and connectivity.
Updates have also been made to the Outlook Web App, which will be known as ‘Outlook on the web’ going forward. New features include sweep, pin, undo, inline reply and a new single-line inbox view.
Other enhancements include enhanced Data Loss Prevention, faster and more reliable eDiscovery search, auto-expanding archives and greater hybrid capabilities.
A blog post from the Exchange Team regarding the release read: “This version of Exchange is special because it was born in the cloud. From the depths of the mailbox store to the most visible parts of the Outlook web user interface, the bits that make up Exchange 2016 are already in use across millions of mailboxes in Office 365. For the past several months we’ve been working to package up these capabilities and deliver them on-premises. This preview milestone is an important step in that process, and we’re excited to include the worldwide Exchange community in the journey.”
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