7 Much-Talked About Features in Exchange Server 2016

Email is an essential communication tool that plays a vital role in building modern messaging infrastructure within and outside the organization. Because it is such an inevitable necessity for today’s business, people need cutting-edge tools to stay focused and continue to grow along with the industry trends. The modern tools help users to stay organized, smoothly interact with other users and simultaneously prioritize what’s significant in their mailboxes, and schedules.

This is where Exchange Server 2016 comes in the limelight, with the all new and robust features to meet the diverse challenges of the users through a single platform. As stated by Microsoft that most of the new features in Exchange version 2016 are born in the cloud. With this new and improved version, you can experience stronger integration between Exchange and other MS Office products. Also, there is simplified architecture, along with powerful built-in tools for enhanced data preservation and protection.

Top 7 Exclusive Features in Exchange Server 2016

Although, some users have criticized that Exchange 2016 is nothing more than Exchange Server 2013 with service pack 2, but there are a lot of features that has have been introduced as well as improved in Exchange 2016. Some of the much-talked about are described below:

  • Simplified Architecture: One of the popular improvement features in Exchange 2016 is its simplified Architecture that minimizes the number of server roles to just two – Mailbox Service and Client Access service. The amalgamated client access and mailbox server roles offer the simplicity to scale and plan your hybrid and on-premise deployments. It also reflects the flexible approach through which the user can easily deploy Exchange Server in Office 365 mailbox.
  • Enhanced Document Collaboration: If you have worked on prior Exchange versions, then you could experience the difference to this new approach towards attachments. In Exchange 2016, you would love the simplicity to share documents while eradicating the headache for version control. It has enhanced support for collaboration on Outlook on the web/Outlook 2016 allowing you to attach (very) large attachments as a link to OneDrive, SharePoint or to new Office Web Apps Server (OWAS).
  • Improved Search: Many times, Microsoft is criticized for its consistency and speed issues, but with the blazing-fast search architecture and e-discovery tool deliver improved scanning and accurate results even for larger searches. When Exchange 2016 is used in conjunction with Outlook 2016, it provides faster search results across new and old mails. Search feature is even accompanied with smarter suggestions for search refiners, people suggestions, options to search events in the calendar.
  • Better Outlook on the Web: Exchange’s Former feature Outlook Web App (OWA) is now introduced with enhanced improvements as Outlook on the Web, which permits users to access their Exchange accounts from various web browsers (including Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox etc.). Outlook on the Web even facilitates to access the mailboxes using handheld devices like smartphones and tablets, besides regular laptops and PCs. Modern Attachments methods, Outlook on the Web first etc. are some of the impressive techniques added to this Exchange feature. Also, there are myriads of other features that have been included to Outlook on the Web, including: Undo, inline reply, Sweep, Pin, a new single-line inbox view, new themes, emojis, improved HTML rendering, and more.
  • Storage Enhancements: Exchange 2016 offers a few enhancements to the working approach of Extensible Storage Engine (ESE), which is also known as database engine. Instead of using NTFS, Microsoft also suggests the option for using ReFS (Resilient File System).
  • Auto-Expanding Archives: Just like Exchange Online’s auto-expanding archives, you can use this facility in Exchange 2016 as well. User is offered an option for a 100GB Archive Mailbox allowing mailboxes to expand in 50GB chunk. Although, the user will require Outlook 2016 to view the complete archive option.
  • Improved MAPI over HTTP: This is the default protocol used by Outlook to build the communication with Exchange Server. Exchange 2016 provides improved stability and reliability to establish the connection between the client and the server. Also, there is an enhanced level of visibility by the moving transport layer (even for errors and recoverability). However, if the client doesn’t not show the support for MAPI over HTTP, then it will automatically switch to the default RPC over HTTP (Outlook Anywhere).

Besides the above mentioned features, Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 has various other introduced and improved features including, Data Loss Prevention, Automatic Recovery from Storage Failures, Managed Availability, and Web-based Exchange Admin Center. Read more :http://www.edb2pst.net

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