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.