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Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, 2nd Edition by Vladimir Meloski, Byron Wright, Brian Svidergol, Clifton Leonard

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Chapter 2Introducing the Changes in Exchange Server 2016

Email clients used to be fairly simple and text based. Email servers had few connectivity options, no high-availability features, and no integrated directory. Then, beginning in the mid-1990s, we saw a big push toward providing email service to most of our user communities. We also saw email go from an occasionally used convenience to a business-critical tool. Business management and users demanded more features, better availability, and more connectivity options as the email client and server evolved.

Microsoft released Exchange Server 4.0 (the first version of Exchange Server) in 1996, and the product has been evolving ever since. Exchange Server 2016 is the eighth major release of the Exchange Server family and represents continued evolution of the product. The features and functions of this new release include not only features requested from many thousands of Microsoft's customers but also requirements shared internally at Microsoft by Microsoft Consulting Services and their own IT department, which supports more than 100,000 mailboxes.

We'll explore how some product features have evolved to this latest release, providing context for functionalities that were added, removed, modified, renamed, or reinvented. As of this writing, most Exchange Server customers are still using Exchange Server 2013 rather than Exchange Server 2016. Therefore, we'll focus on the changes that have been made to Exchange Server since Exchange ...

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