There are some upcoming releases related to Exchange that were announced exclusively to TechEd North America 2013 attendees this week! They are going to be really valuable for the Exchange community, which is why I wanted to share this information with you first. So here’s an in depth overview on what’s coming.
Exchange 2013 CU2 (cumulative update 2)
Even though most of the companies that we have seen are still using Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013 is fastly growing in terms of customers who have installed the product. It was launched at the end of last year, and Microsoft just announced a new Cumulative update to be released later this year. It will include the following features:
- Enterprise Edition will now support 100 DBs/Server. This is a valuable feature for Large companies because it has shortened the process time of disaster recovery.
- A new Database Availability Group Management Service.
- The ability to use Microsoft Azure as a Witness Server (this feature is pending validation, as Microsoft is not sure yet that it will be included in CU2). This seems to be very interesting from the SMB market standpoint because it gives companies the ability to manage failovers, even in a small infrastructure.
From a dev perspective, this has been really surprising and very exciting. We are really surprised to see that a new release is already on its way when the major release was launched just last year. When the new releases of Visual Studio and TFS were announced, it caused a lot of buzz in the dev community because it will offer a bunch of highly valuable features for both tools...And guess what? We only know half of the details on what’s coming!
For me, the most exciting features are:
- TFS 2013: With TFS 2013, we go one step forward with Agile project management. For example, by including innovative features such as the Team Room, it’s not only a chat space for team members to communicate but also a place where scrum masters or product owners can see all the activities of their team. It is a truly effective way for a team leader to always be “in the know” on what’s happening in their team by utilizing social in the workplace. Thus, it’s really straightforward and integrated in your environment to benefit your day-to-day work.
- Visual Studio 2013: The new features of Visual Studio 2013 are focused on increasing productivity and making a developer's life much easier. The new “Head up Display”, for example, will allow the dev to access useful information on specific methods (references, unit tests results, change set information). The value is clear: with this single line, you can retrieve consolidated and valuable information on things devs care about the most.
Are you here this week at TechEd? What exciting new announcements did you hear about that you're looking forward to the most?
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