Public folders are a major part of many Exchange Server deployments. Public folders are a powerful way to share knowledge and data with users throughout an organization. They've been a staple of Exchange Server since 1996.
Back in Exchange Server 2007, there were rumors that public folders might not exist in subsequent editions because they used a separate management and replication architecture that was difficult to scale. In Exchange Server 2013 and 2016, Microsoft dramatically changed the public folder architecture to make it more scalable, making it possible to support public folders for many years to come. Public folder technology introduced in Exchange Server 2013 is part of Exchange Server 2016 as well.
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Despite rumors of their demise, public folders are alive and well, and, in some ways, they're better in Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2016 than they ever have been.
In Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft changed the public folder architecture, branding them as “modern public folders.” This change enabled Microsoft and those implementing Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2016 to easily support and scale the infrastructure, overcoming the challenges and limits from previous editions.