The on-premises email server software Exchange 2019, which Microsoft will start selling later this year got just released its public preview from the company. The software was first promised in September 2017 with Microsoft’s announcement for the sneak peeks of perpetual versions of the Office applications – Word, Excel, Outlook & the like – and Office-centric servers that would land in the middle of the coming year, Exchange 2019 is all set to launch sometime this fall.

Previews of Office 2019 and the Mac had been released b the company and it is clear that both betas have been aimed at commercial customers, instead of consumers.

Not different from the previews of the productivity suite’s applications, the one for Exchange 2019 is a snapshot of features having long been live in the Azure-based version that Microsoft offers within the Office 365 business & enterprise plans. That’s the reason, Redmond, Wash. developer’s on-premises software deserves a label of 2nd-class, since it can never match the functionality of what is delivered to Office 365 subscribers.

Microsoft strongly believe that Office 365 delivers the best and most cost-effective experience to their customers, but they also understand that some customers have reasons to remain on-premises Exchange 2019.

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Microsoft is pairing Exchange 2019 with Windows Server Core  (the minimalist installation that dispenses with tools and capabilities, including a graphical user interface, to reduce the attack surface and disk space). After getting finalized, on-premises Exchange 2019 could install on Windows Server 2016 Core, Windows Server 2019 Core or Windows Server 2016/2019 with Desktop Experience.

Currently, Windows Server 2019 is in a preview period of its own, and us expected to be released  this fall.

Bing tech has been used to re-engineer search on Exchange 2019 and search is made faster with best results. The on-premises version will be given features like “Simplified Calendar Sharing”.

Microsoft has also issued betas of Skype for Business Server 2019, and SharePoint Server 2019 as well as Project Server 2019, which wraps up company’s set of commercial previews for Office 2019.


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