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The Microsoft Exchange team was pretty quiet in 2008, according to the most commonly available chart indicating Microsoft Exchange versions and their release dates:
Oh yeah, this leaves out 12 Rollups. 7 for Exchange Server RTM and 5 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1.
So, maybe it’s about time for Exchange 14 aka Exchange 2010 to start to reveal itself?
If the name Exchange 2010 is news to you, the name is starting to make appearances around the web, although I think the news was broken by Old Reliable, the Windows SuperSite by Paul Thorrutt.
What’s in Exchange 2010?
Although EMC is officially part of the “Exchange 14” TAP (Technology Adoption Program), I would be slapped silly by a big guy in a blue shirt if I revealed some of the documents I’ve seen.
However, let’s consolidate some public speculation and discussion I found on the web:
- Microsoft Consultant Doug, who writes Doug’s blog, offered a glimpse into what he thinks is coming in the next release of Microsoft Exchange Server which includes more copies of your databases, cheaper storage, no RAID (?), no backup (?), virtualisation, and CAS for all clients. [Update: since my finding and promotion of this site, the article is surprisingly not available anymore to the public but thanks to Web Caching, here it is. (looks like this is gone now, I do have a screenshot of the original material)
- SearchWinIt/TechTarget writer Margie Semilof revives rumors of Exchange moving to a SQL-based data engine.
[Update 2: After the publication of this post, which was made with all publically available information, Microsoft released a video (without much meat) about Exchange 14/2010. Were the two things related? All I can say is perhaps…