Exchange Server 2013 is an iteration of Microsoft’s Exchange server. Exchange Server 2013 is similar to Exchange Server 2010 in that the messaging platform can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or as a hybrid solution in which some servers exist on-premises while others reside in the cloud.
Exchange 2013 includes various changes since Exchange 2010, such as:
- A more streamlined server role architecture – Instead of the five-server-role architecture in Exchange 2010 (mailbox server, unified messaging server, client access server, hub transport server, edge transport server), Exchange 2013 operates on a two-role architecture (mailbox server role and client access server role).
- Improvements to Outlook Web App (OWA) - The look and feel of OWA will resemble that of Windows 8 and Windows Phone. .Additionally, the overall mobile device experience has been enhanced and all devices will be supported.
- Compliance tools - Compliance tools have been improved and users can search across SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Windows file servers.
- Improved social interaction – Exchange 2013 includes built-in tools to track users’ social communication and behavior, thus improving search results in Exchange 2013.
Microsoft has not announced a release date for Exchange Server 2013 yet, but Exchange Server 2013 Preview can be downloaded for sandbox environments.
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