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July 07, 2009

What is Microsoft Exchange Server?

By Jessica Kostek, TMCnet Channel Editor

E-mail has emerged as a vital part of today’s business infrastructure. Modern employees rely on e-mailing not only as part of their everyday communication strategies, but also to fuel increased efficiency and production.
Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange Server is a popular and widely used business messaging platform that provides e-mail solutions with features that center around collaboration and information-sharing. In simpler terms, Microsoft Outlook is the email portion of the Microsoft Office Suite, well known to business people worldwide, and Microsoft Exchange Server is the engine which drives some of Outlook’s more advanced features.
The Exchange Server centrally stores e-mail, files, task lists, calendars and contact information. It then allows users to access and share information, either using their Outlook client on their office desktops or Outlook Web Access through a Web browser on any internet-enabled computer anywhere or via a Smartphone like BlackBerry (News - Alert), iPhone or Palm Pre.
Microsoft Exchange Server users can quickly and easily share files, view each other’s calendars to plan projects or activities, schedule meetings, assign tasks, and share contact information from company or employee address books.
MS Exchange Server Key Features and Benefits:
  • Centrally Stored Data: E-mails, attachments, contacts calendars and other mission critical company data are centrally stored and available for immediate access.
  • Mobile Access with 2-way Wireless Synchronization: Immediate access to data from BlackBerry, iPhone (News - Alert), Palm Pre and other popular Smartphones.
  • Shared Calendars: Lets employees see colleagues' availability to schedule or rearrange meetings, book conference rooms, and plan projects.
  • Shared Task Lists: Allows “to do” lists to be created and assigned, then shared with team members.
  • Shared Contacts: Shared company or employee address books means important contact details will never be lost or misplaced.
  • Outlook Web Access: Anywhere/Anytime access to the full Outlook mailbox from any web browser – at home or while traveling.
For those interested in trying Micosoft Exchange Server as a hosted service, test drive’s (News - Alert) hosted Exchange email service for one month with no obligation. For as little as $5.99/user/month, you’ll get exactly the same features as a costly in-house Microsoft Exchange Server, but for a small monthly fee.
Sign up today and start using’s hosted Exchange Server immediately. To sign up, or to learn more, you can visit their Web site or contact a Hosted Exchange Solution Specialist at (800) 967-3924. Be sure to also check out their Hosted Exchange channel here on TMCnet.

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Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

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