Microsoft Details New Exchange, Outlook

Microsoft this week offered insight into its upcoming incremental upgrade to Exchange 2000, code-named Titanium, and Outlook 11 - both slated to ship in mid-2003. Titanium, which is likely to be called Exchange 2003, is designed around feedback Microsoft has received from customers and will be fully .NET-enabled.

Outlook 11 will tightly integrate with Titanium and offer a new user interface that is designed to better manage large amounts of e-mail.

"In conjunction with Office/Outlook 11, we are delivering an improved user experience to make information workers more productive in managing overwhelming volumes of e-mail and personal information," said Malcolm Pearson, general manager of the Exchange Server Business Unit at Microsoft.

"Mobility is also important to how people want to use Exchange, accessing their information from anywhere and any device, such as wireless laptops, Web browsers, Pocket PCs, smart phones, and other access devices. Titanium will provide built-in mobile access that "just works" -- that makes it easy and secure to setup, deploy and manage Exchange on the devices that people want to use, with a consistent experience across the various types of devices," Pearson said.

In order to insure a streamlined upgrade for existing customers, Titanium will not include Kodiak, the next-generation messaging platform Microsoft has been developing based on the next version of SQL Server, code-named Yukon. Titanium will instead utilize the same technology found in Exchange 2000.

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