New Exchange Server 2016 Released

Original author: Exchange Team
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Finally, Exchange Server 2016 was released, and just the other day it became available for download. Almost three years have been spent on its development since the release of Exchange 2013. The new version of Exchange differs from the previous ones in that it was “forged” in the cloud and is now available for installation in a corporate environment.

Email remains the basis of business communication and one of the most important tools for doing business. Therefore, it is very important to have a modern messaging infrastructure that meets current business expectations. With growing volumes of mail and other messages, people need tools to help them focus on the most important thing when interacting with work colleagues. There is a growing need for more effective management, storage and protection of information stored in company mailboxes.
To address new business challenges and increase productivity, Exchange Server integration with other Office products has been improved. E-mail management has been simplified, which allows you to focus on more important tasks and increase the efficiency of working with various devices. New recovery features have been added to the Exchange architecture, as well as improved built-in tools to meet data protection and retention requirements.

Exchange 2016 is based on enhanced components of Exchange 2013, such as: Data Loss Prevention, Managed Availability, automatic recovery from storage failures and Web-based Exchange Admin Center.

Here are some of the new features:

Collaboration:Exchange 2016 includes a new approach to investments, which simplifies document sharing and eliminates the difficulties associated with controlling the versioning of documents. In Outlook 2016 and Outlook Web App, you can now attach a document as a link to SharePoint 2016 (currently in view mode) or OneDrive for Business.
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Outlook Web App: developers have significantly improved the web version of Outlook to provide users with more comfortable working with the web application on various devices. Added new tools, such as: Sweep, Pin, Undo, message branches, a new inbox mode for displaying the inbox, improved HTML rendering, new themes, emoticons and much more.
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Search:instant search provides more accurate and complete results. Outlook 2016 is optimized to use the capabilities of Exchange 2016 to quickly search among old and new mail. The search has also become more intelligent thanks to tips, search settings and the ability to search for events in the calendar.
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Extensibility:Improved model of add-ons / extensions for the desktop and web versions of Outlook, which allows developers to create components directly in the environment of Outlook. Add-ins can now integrate with user interface components in new directions: in selected text in the body of a message or meeting, in the taskbar on the right when composing and reading a message or meeting, using a button or a drop-down menu with options in the Outlook toolbar.
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eDiscovery:Exchange 2016 has an updated eDiscovery component that has become faster and more scalable. Reliability is improved through the use of a new search architecture that works asynchronously and distributes the load between multiple servers with better fault tolerance. Now you can search, hold and export data from public folders.

Simplified architecture: The Exchange 2016 architecture reflects the way Exchange is deployed in Office 365 and is an evolutionary and enhanced version of Exchange 2013. The combination of Mailbox server and client access roles makes it easy to plan, scale, and deploy Exchange in a hybrid environment.

High availability:improved automatic recovery system, in particular, detection of base discrepancies. The stability and performance that characterized Office 365 was so useful that it was also introduced in the cumulative updates of Exchange 2013, so all these features are already included in Exchange 2016.

This is only a short list of new features and improvements, a full picture of the new functionality can be obtained on the Exchange 2016 documentation on TechNet and the Product Guide .
Exchange 2016 will follow the same pace of maintenance as Exchange 2013 with Cumulative Updates (CUs). Updates will take place every three months. They will contain bug fixes, product enhancements, and the best features from Office 365.

You can download the new version of Exchange 2016 in the download center.

Regards, Servilon Team

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