exchange2010The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 beta was released this week, and New Signature has already deployed this beta product in our test environment to begin evaluating it. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we devote a large amount of time to research and testing of the emerging products to ensure our ability to deliver innovative solutions that help our clients reach their full technical potential.

While the results of our testing are not yet in, the promised benefits of Microsoft Exchange 2010 are exciting.  Microsoft has stated that Exchange 2010 has improved on previous versions in three primary ways.

It is more flexible and reliable. And easier to deploy and administer. So it can save you and your customers money by reducing IT overhead and help-desk loads. Online options let you and your customers leverage cost and technology advantages of cloud-based solutions, which also support data backup, storage, and disaster recovery.

It delivers anywhere access. Let’s face it. Nothing is going to work better with Microsoft Office Outlook-enabled devices than Exchange. But interoperability goes beyond that. Beyond Windows without walls. Beyond even the Windows Mobile software platform. Exchange Server 2010 can help users access all their communications from a single location, wherever it might be. Whatever the device. Whatever the platform or browser. So everyone gets more done.

It provides better communications protection and compliance. Exchange Server 2010 delivers integrated information-loss prevention and compliance tools that make it easier to protect communications and meet regulatory requirements. Built-in defenses against viruses and junk e-mail. Support for an array of third-party security products. The ability to respond quickly to litigation and discovery requests without workflow disruption. It’s a package your customers will want. “

We will be experimenting with Exchange 2010 over the next few months to determine if it meets the advertised claims that it is simpler, more flexible, and more reliable.   Keep checking back to find out how Exchange Server 2010 rates in our book as we explore the wide array of options and features that it offers.