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