Key Features of Exchange 2010 SP1

Microsoft recently announced the features of Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1. This is a feature-rich Service Pack that should streamline Exchange 2010 deployments. The most important elements are improvements to Exchange 2010 archiving:

  • Archive emails for a user can be in a different mailbox than the primary mailbox. This improves performance and allows for multitiered storage.
  • Tools let administrators import user PST files.

Various improvements relate to e-discovery: tools for retention policy tags, annotation of reviewed items, search result de-duplication, etc. These will help, but Exchange 2010 still lacks plenty of commonly required, more advanced features such as review workflows.

Outlook Web Application (OWA) is now asynchronous. This should make life much more pleasant for users, reducing the OWA "freezing." OWA should deliver the same kind of performance enhancements that Outlook users saw when they moved from Outlook 2000 to Outlook 2003/2007 Cached Mode.

Finally, mobile users will appreciate the "conversation view" support in ActiveSync, and administrators will appreciate the management GUI getting closer in feature parity to Powershell.

... Ursheet Parikh - Ursheet is founder and CEO of StorSimple, which provides cloud-based storage. We're delighted he made this contribution--many thanks Ursheet.

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