Microsoft to Launch Test Version of New Email Server (Apr 15, 2009) — Microsoft Corp plans to launch a test version of its Exchange Server 2010 on Wednesday; it marks the latest development in the technology used by 65 percent of businesses worldwide to run their e-mail systems.

microsoft new email serverThe new Exchange Server 2010, is the first signal of upgrades to Microsoft programs as the software giant prepares for the next release of its highly profitable Office suite of applications.

Microsoft, which is step by step moving toward Internet distribution for some of its products to counter threats from Google Inc and other new competitors.

Microsoft said the latest Exchange Server can work entirely as an online service, which may attract customers looking to save money on hardware and support for their e-mail and messaging systems.

The new system offers a few innovations for users that include the ability to “mute” streams of e-mail, or opt out of conversations of limited interest to the recipient. It also has a function to transcribe voice messages sent to the computer.

The new Exchange Server also offers a range of tips to avoid embarrassment or wasting time, by warning users before they send mail to large distribution groups, to out-of-office recipients or to people outside the organization, which Microsoft hopes will protect against information leaks and reduce unnecessary e-mail messages.

The full public roll-out of Exchange Server 2010 is scheduled for the second half of 2009 while Microsoft’s Office 2010 is expected to be available in the first half of 2010.

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