In our monthly feature, we look at the most popular Exchange content from the previous month and share it with you.
For May, readers wanted to learn more about Exchange Server 2016, which is scheduled for a beta release this summer with a final release in Q4, as well as how to gain hands-on experience with Office 365 before making the leap to the cloud.
Admins get first look at Exchange Server 2016
Microsoft offered a first look at the new Exchange Server 2016 at last month’s Ignite conference. The company delivered improved features which were first introduced in Office 365 before packaging them into the on-premises release, while others that became available in Exchange 2013 have evolved.
Exchange 2016 features show promise
Aiming to simplify architecture in Exchange 2016, Microsoft combined the mailbox and Client Access Server (CAS) roles, which makes the designs simpler and more straightforward. A new attachment style in Outlook Web App (OWA) also makes it easier to collaborate on documents.
MDM hits Office 365
Microsoft rolled out a mobile device management (MDM) option capable of covering Office 365 data across Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices last month at no additional cost to users with business, enterprise, education or government commercial plans.
Getting the most out of a free Office 365 trial
Signing up for a free Office 365 trial is a good way to gain experience with the cloud suite. But making the most of the one-month trial requires discipline and planning.
Why Exchange Server 2016 will be easier to deploy
Exchange Server 2016 will be easier to deploy than past versions of the software, due to combined roles, simplified coexistence, and an up-version proxy from Exchange 2013 that will give admins flexibility to choose when and how to introduce the new iteration.
What content was most helpful to you in May? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.
Microsoft delivered an Outlook.com update with a host of new features and capabilities this week to a small group of end users.
The update is a part of a plan to upgrade Outlook.com to a new infrastructure based on Office 365, Microsoft said in a blog post. The update will be rolled out to more end users through an opt-in program within the coming weeks, the company added.
One of the more familiar features in the update is the inclusion of Clutter, which sorts through end users’ email and decides which messages are important and which messages can go into a separate folder. Other features include search suggestions, the ability to pin and flag email messages, rich link previews and support for third-party add-ins such as Boomerang, PayPal and Uber, Microsoft said.
The update will provide support for collaboration and include support for Skype and OneDrive, Microsoft said. The update also supports changes to Outlook apps for Android, iOS and Windows devices; these changes include swiping, add-in support and mobile-friendly views for contacts and calendars, the company added.
What are you looking forward to most in this Outlook.com update? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter at @ExchangeTT.
In our monthly feature, we look at the Exchange content most popular with our readers in April.
Our readers wanted to learn quick fixes for some of the most common errors in Outlook, what they should expect before migrating Public Folders to Exchange 2013 and ideas for securing Office 365.
The five most common Outlook errors and how to fix them
If you’ve run into one of these five error messages in Outlook, you’re not alone. Our expert looks at the most common errors in Outlook and how to fix them.
What to know before migrating Public Folders to Exchange 2013
Before you move Public Folders to Exchange 2013, be aware that there are certain limitations that may affect the migration. Not only are there new limits to the number of Public Folders and their size, but the new limits do not apply to Office 365.
Boost Office 365 security with the AD FS extranet lockout feature
The Active Directory Federation Services extranet lockout feature can protect organizations from denial-of-service and brute-force password attacks by locking out an end user after a number of unsuccessful attempts to enter the correct password.
How has SharePoint Online collaboration evolved?
With new and enhanced features such as Office 365 Video, Delve and OneDrive for Business, Microsoft is developing SharePoint online to be on-par with its on-premises counterpart. However, there are features that will be available for SharePoint Online but not its on-premises older sibling.
Five areas to address to improve your Exchange 2013 setup
If you want to improve your Exchange 2013 setup, there are five areas you should look into, such as tools to assess the state of your server and load balancing to spread out workloads.
What content was most helpful to you in April? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.
The next version of Exchange Server will be called Exchange Server 2016 and will be shipped in the second half of this year, Microsoft said in a blog post.
The new version of Exchange Server will refine search and include improvements to e-discovery search performance and reliability, the company said. Microsoft said it’s working to bring such elements as back-end improvements to Exchange architecture, high availability and storage to on-premises environments. Exchange Server 2016 will also have “tight integration” with SharePoint Server 2016 as well as new REST-based APIs for Mail, Calendar and Contacts.
Most of the new features in Exchange Server 2016 were “birthed in the cloud,” Microsoft said, emphasizing its previous stance that it would be taking a cloud-first, not cloud-only strategy. At last year’s Microsoft Exchange Conference, the company said the cloud “is the place we’re going to deliver you the most value” and that new features would be delivered to Office 365 first and before making their way to on-premises deployments.
Microsoft said it will share more details about Exchange Server at its Ignite conference, which is scheduled for next month in Chicago. A Meet Exchange Server 2016 session is scheduled for May 5, which is expected to include more details about what will be included.
In our monthly feature, we look at the Exchange content most popular with our readers in March.
Organizations and admins had security on their minds last month, while IT pros debated the use of personal email accounts for business.
Clinton’s use of personal email sparks discussion among IT pros
Reports that Hillary Clinton used her personal email during her tenure as Secretary of State raised several questions about government policy restrictions and the security of data exchanged outside of a corporate environment.
Exchange 2013 CU8 improves EAS and Public Folders
Cumulative Update 8 for Exchange Server 2013 not only offers improvements for Office 365 migrations and Public Folders, but also includes client redirection for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS).
Security tasks Exchange admins should do daily
There are several daily tasks admins should do to secure their Exchange environments, including being proactive about system monitoring and assessing risks to the setup.
ADFS 2012 R2 offers improvements for Office 365
ADFS 2012 R2 allows admins to use Server Manager for remote installation and configuration and improves the sign-in experience with controls for customizable error messages and company logos.
Six questions to ask hosted Exchange vendors
If your organization is planning to use a hosted Exchange service, you’ll want to make sure that security is a top priority. Here are six questions you should ask before you choose a vendor.
What content was most helpful to you in March? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.
In our monthly feature, we look at the Exchange content most popular with our readers in February.
Readers wanted to learn more about Office 365 Clutter and Office 365 Video, as well as the benefits of deploying a hybrid setup in Exchange.
Organize your mailbox with Office 365 Clutter
One of the newest features in Office 365, Clutter learns users’ email habits and moves messages that are likely to be ignored to a separate folder. Users can also train Clutter manually by pulling out certain items and telling the feature not to mark them as clutter.
Post and view videos with Office 365 Video
Office 365 Video works with Windows Azure Media Services to give enterprises an easy way to post and view videos directly within Office 365 portals. Admins can also configure permission settings to control who can post videos and create channels.
Survey says Exchange is an easy target for attacks
A recent security survey has found that most organizations are not only unaware of the location of their sensitive data, but also lack BYOD-related technical controls to aid in the secure use of mobile devices.
Boost Exchange performance by optimizing Outlook
Older versions of Outlook may not respond well to certain features in Exchange Server 2013, causing frustrating performance problems. Encouraging end users to use new versions of Outlook can help optimize performance, but reducing the size of personal storage files can help as well.
Benefits of a hybrid Exchange deployment
Hybrid Exchange deployments are a popular choice for organizations that want to use a cloud infrastructure with minimal effort. A hybrid setup may also benefit organizations that don’t have the disk space to provide users with larger mailboxes.
What content was most helpful to you in February? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter@ExchangeTT.
In our monthly feature, we round up the Exchange content most popular with our readers and share it with you.
For the beginning of the new year, Exchange admins wanted to know which apps would be of value to their organizations and free tools to make Exchange Server deployments run effortlessly.
Must-know apps for Office 365 and Exchange
Wading through the number of apps available for Office 365 can be time-consuming, but there are a few apps every admin should know. Office Mobile is available across a number of device platforms for document viewing, while Outlook Web App (OWA) provides offline access to mailbox items.
Does 2015 signal an Exchange in the cloud movement?
With Exchange moving into the cloud, admins should be on the lookout for an increase in hybrid workloads, as well as new features and capabilities for Exchange Online. For third-party vendors, the focus will likely shift to products that are compatible with Office 365.
Free Exchange 2013 deployment assessment tools
There are several free tools admins can use to make Exchange Server deployments run as smoothly as possible, such as the Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator and the Office 365 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA).
Setting up a multi-forest hybrid Exchange deployment
Organizations using a multi-forest hybrid Exchange deployment have a single Office 365 tenant but multiple Active Directory (AD) environments with Exchange installed in each one. A multi-forest hybrid deployment allows admins to move mailboxes directly to the cloud.
Three ways to handle a disabled mailbox in Exchange
Once an Exchange mailbox has been disabled, admins will want to let senders know that the address is no longer in use. One way to do this is to configure an out of office message in the disabled user’s mailbox.
What content was most helpful to you in January? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.
In our monthly feature, we round up the site content most popular with our readers and share it with you.
As 2014 drew to a close, many Exchange admins learned about the newest updates to Exchange and Office 365. But the future was also on admins’ minds as they wondered what potential changes could be coming in 2015.
Changes, improvements in Exchange 2013 CU7
Admins were curious about what they could expect in Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 7. Many were happy about the update, particularly about a long-awaited fix to public folders.
Say ‘so long’ to SharePoint Online Public Websites
Microsoft dropped Public Websites for SharePoint Online from its offerings just before the end of the year. IT experts weren’t surprised at the change, but some said the drop could hurt smaller shops who put the time and resources into the feature.
The top Office 365 features
As companies look toward the cloud for its needs, they look at the features Office 365 can offer should they choose to make the move. Five features are worth noting.
What’s in store for Exchange in 2015?
We asked our site contributors about what they expect to see for Exchange Server in the new year. Their predictions include hybrid Exchange’s increasingly important role, the evolution of Office 365 and possible security enhancements.
IT pros concerned about Microsoft’s free Office 365 moves
With Microsoft’s latest offer to migrate organizations to Office 365 at no cost, some IT pros have raised concerns about how the move could affect their business. One Exchange MVP takes a closer look at its effect so far.
What content was most helpful for you in December? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.
Microsoft has pulled one of the Exchange updates released this week after customers reported connectivity issues.
Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8, which was one of four Exchange updates released on Tuesday, was pulled because of connectivity issues to Outlook, the company said in a blog post. Customers were having trouble connecting to Outlook 2010 after they installed the update.
Customers who already installed the update should roll it back and wait to install it until a revised version is released, Microsoft said. The company did not give a timeframe for when a fix would be delivered.
Exchange MVP Michael Van Horenbeeck, who wrote about the Exchange updates released on Tuesday, said it was unfortunate that the update had to be withdrawn because of a bug that wasn’t discovered in Microsoft’s testing process. Microsoft does some elaborate testing, but he thinks this pulled update shows that the company struggles to test all customer scenarios.
“On the other hand, this bug affects a pretty common functionality in Exchange 2010: Outlook Connectivity,” Van Horenbeeck said. “I’m not sure why this exception was not caught as I would think that basic Outlook Connectivity testing is one of the first things in a test plan.”
However, Microsoft was right to quickly react to the problem and pull the update in a short time frame, Van Horenbeeck added.
What do you think of the pulled Exchange update? Have you been affected? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.
Microsoft rolled out a new feature for Office 365 business customers today called Clutter, which helps users focus on the most important messages in their inbox.
Clutter uses Office Graph’s machine learning techniques to determine which messages users are likely to ignore and moves them to the Clutter folder. Though the feature gets smarter the longer it is used, users can also train Clutter to ignore certain emails by tagging messages as clutter or dragging them to the folder. The feature is disabled by default, but can be enabled from the Outlook Web App (OWA) menu, and syncs across OWA, Outlook and mobile devices.
Microsoft first introduced Clutter in a keynote demonstration at its Microsoft Exchange Conference in March. The feature goes into effect today for customers who opted into First Release and will roll out to customers using the English locale first. Other languages will follow as localization is completed. Microsoft has yet to announce when or if Clutter will become available to non-business users.
Microsoft also said that it has rebranded Lync as Skype for Business. The change will go into effect in the first half of 2015. Skype for Business will adopt Skype icons and adds the Skype call monitor, while refining Lync features like telephony and content sharing. Current Lync Server users will simply need to update from Lync Server 2013 to the Skype for Business Server — no new hardware is required.
What do you think of the latest Office 365 developments? How will they affect your organization? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.