Exchange Server 2013 has reached general availability

Back in October, Microsoft stated that Exchange Server 2013 had hit the RTM milestone and that GA was right around the corner. Today the team is announcing that the platform has hit general availability and is ready for you to download.

You can download the platform from Technet right now or you can head over to Office 365 to sign up for the preview of the platform to take advantage of all the new tools that arrive with the new software.

If you are looking to install the platform as a clean deployment, you can go down that path today. But, if you are looking to upgrade, you will have to wait a bit longer.  Microsoft states:

If you are running an Exchange 2010 or 2007 environment, you’ll need Exchange Server 2010 SP3 or 2007 roll up in order to upgrade. We know you are eager to get moving to the new version, so we are hard at work putting the finishing touches on Exchange 2010 SP3 and the roll up, which are on track for release in Q1 of calendar year 2013

While we know this isn’t the best news for folks looking to make the switch over the holiday downtime, know that Q1 of 2013 is not that far away. Besides, we know that most organizations will not roll out an upgrade like this without extensive testing.

Go ahead and get your test box up and running with a clean install and when it comes time to move production on to the new platform, the SP3 update will be ready and waiting for you to download.

Download: Exchange 2013

Source: Microsoft

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i think my org are just going to start using Office 365... we had some downtime earlier this year and it caused all manner of problems for our locally hosted mail.

I wonder what the caveats are? I installed 2013 RTM in a co-existence environment with 2007 SP3 (latest RU) about three weeks ago. No issues out of the ordinary. It is a small environment though, only 3 EX servers. I have moved about 70 of the 120 mailboxes over and I am also running UM on the 2013 server. No major issues thus far, only a spattering of client side problems as the org is still running OLK2007.

I would suspect that not a whole lot of organizations are going to upgrade to 2013. I know a lot of organizations are moving from 2003 to 2010, so I suspect that a lot of orgs will wait until 2016 to upgrade.

Nice, it was already available on MSDN for quite some time, I already have a lab ready, some pretty exciting new features, including server side mail rules via OWA.

We are at 2010 SP2, but since we are in a merger situation, we are going to go to a new AD and possibly a new Exchange 2013 organisation.

SK[ said,]Good job its a new Exchange since we can't co-exist 2007 or 2010 with 2013 yet. GJ MS

And why would you? Just build up the new environment, migrate the MBs over and power off the old environment. That's what we did moving from 2003 to 2010.

Your suggesting that building a new domain just to migrate to 2013 is ideal? How exactly is that ideal when there are many companies out there with over 50,000+ users...

Co-existing will be added in a hotfix for 2007 and in SP3 for 2010. It's just not out until next year.

SK[ said,]Your suggesting that building a new domain just to migrate to 2013 is ideal? How exactly is that ideal when there are many companies out there with over 50,000+ users...

Co-existing will be added in a hotfix for 2007 and in SP3 for 2010. It's just not out until next year.

I didn't say anything about a new domain. We built four new Exchange 2010 servers, prepped them for weekend maintenance. Brought them online and migrated the old mailboxes over to them. We had support hours from MS and had a PFE with us as we did it.