Microsoft Exchange 2010 released to manufacturing

Microsoft officials have announced today that Microsoft Exchange 2010 is code complete and has reached RTM (Release to Manufaturing). The full press release can be viewed on the Microsoft Exchange Team's blog.

"We are happy to announce that Exchange 2010 is Code Complete! Our senior leadership team has signed off on the final code, and it has been sent to our early adopters for one final look before its public release. This Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone means we are on our way to general availability and the launch at Tech·Ed Europe 2009 ( in early November."

In an effort to make Exchange 2010 compatible with the advanced processing power of many current computers, Exchange 2010 will be available in a 64-bit-only version, breaking away from the more restrictive 32-bit version - aligning Microsoft's software with the current computing power. There will be some additional features including: a new 'conversation view' feature and a 'MailTips' feature designed to eliminate those frequent email mistakes.

It will also include a re branded version of Outlook Web Access which is now known as Outlook Web App, compatible with a variety of browsers. Outlook Web Access will now be considered part of the Office Web App family because of the branding/naming alteration - this is how Microsoft Exchange is connecting itself with the newly devoloped Web Apps.

Obviously there will not be a great deal of integration with Office 2010. Although, according to Zack Whittaker, of the iGeneration blog on, the first people to take full advantage of any integration between Office 2010 and Exchange 2010 will be Live@edu students and this will come in the form of the development of Outlook Live and Office Web Apps via SkyDrive:

"Microsoft uses Live@edu as a testing ground for their own products. Outlook Live uses Exchange Server 2010 which only a few months ago was the only public viewing of the service. With that, Microsoft has gained around a year's worth of feedback and user data before Exchange 2010 had even been released, allowing them to make products better based on error reports and usage et al."

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Yes, it needs to be 64bit, because it's even more bloated than the previous versions. Developers nightmare...

Bloated how? I've seen nothing but major improvements in every version. If you consider PowerShell management "bloat" then you've never had to script large repetitive tasks. I wouldn't consider the granular control over settings, connectors, mailboxes, objects, rules, etc. to be bloat either.

The move to 64-bit was simply due to the fact that nearly everything is going 64-bit and it makes no sense for MS to write 32-bit code that would only be used by the smallest installations.

nice! my organization was planning to do an upgrade to Exchange 2007 in a couple of months. now we'll just go straight to 2010. can't wait for this to his MSDN!

Yes its 64bit only- As the MS rep said in a presentation at Wembley during the Windows 7 Launch- He emphasized this poitn several times!

He gave a really good demos of actual usage and Exchange 2010 is defo an improved product. For admins it is so much better for recovering emails, accessing archived emails for audit purposes and DR setup as the OWA (which is now called outlook web app) connects to the front end rather than the backend. With this setup you can have multiple backends, replicating and would automatically failover in the case of a server hardware failiure.

Exchange 2010 can be setup on normarl SATA disks in a JBOD and run absolutely fine as the i/o requirements have dropped 70%.

GP007 said,
Wow, 70%? That's pretty huge.

Agreed! That's substantial! What is the source on that 70% drop? I'd like to use that when convincing clients to upgrade to 2010.

Where the article states it's going to be 64bit only, im a little confused. Exchange 07 was 64bit only for production environments. Does this mean they are no longer going to release the 32bit test exchange 07 environment?

GP007 said,
I'd assume so? Exchange is the 2nd app to go 64bit only now isn't it? SQL Server being the first iirc.


it was Windows server R2 !

With 2007, you had an option for a "30 day trial" on 32bit. Also you could install the management tools on 32bit. You can no longer do this on 2010.

GP007 said,
I'd assume so? Exchange is the 2nd app to go 64bit only now isn't it? SQL Server being the first iirc.

Uh when did SQL Server go 64-Bit only? 2005 was 32/64... 2008 was 32/64...