Microsoft's homebrewn mailing and calendar service, Exchange Server, is being refreshed and is now out of preview, along with the 2016 revamp for other Office products. Allowing businesses to run and control their own email servers, Exchange Serve 2016 tries to simplify the architecture while still adding more features and creating greater synergy with other Office products.
The updates provides a number of new features:
- Better collaboration: You can now use links from Sharepoint 2016 and OneDrive for Business as email attachments, instead of having to upload the actual file, leading to more robust file sharing and editing.
- The Outlook web app has been greatly improved, with a bevy of new features, such as new themes and emojis, inline replies, better HTML rendering and more.
- Search has been improved to make it both faster and more intelligent. You can also search across the many Microsoft services you use beyond email, such as People and Calendar.
- Add-ins. Similar to extensions on your browser, add-ins can allow developers to add their own custom elements to the UI or code their own solutions on top of the functionality provided by Outlook.
To further improve the experience, Microsoft is adopting an update model similar to the way it now handles Windows; cumulative updates featuring bug fixes and improvements to the core service will be released every three months, to always keep the service up to date and error-free.
For those of you who are interested, Microsoft provides a 180 days trial for free, which you can download from here.