Microsoft To Offer Premium Exchange Server License
Microsoft Corp. will offer a premium license for the upcoming version of its Exchange e-mail server.
Microsoft Corp. will offer a premium license for the upcoming version of its
Exchange e-mail server that will let users do things like retrieve voice mails
from their e-mail inboxes or give their computer a voice command to check their
calendar or alert co-workers they're going to be late for a meeting.
The "enterprise" version of the licenses a company buys for each
user on its system will cost extra, but Dave Thompson, corporate vice president
of Microsoft's Exchange group, said Thursday that the company is not yet saying
The current version, Exchange 2003, comes with either a standard or enterprise
server license, and only one type of client-access license, which companies
buy for every user on their systems.
With Exchange 2007, companies will choose from a standard or enterprise server
license, and either standard or enterprise client-access licenses.
Other features that that will be included with the enterprise client-access
license will be more options for managing e-mail folders. Users will be able
to tell one folder to delete e-mails after a certain number of days, while instructing
another to archive everything automatically, for example.
All versions of Exchange Server 2007 will include improved antivirus and spam-blocking
technology and features that will make it easier for companies to comply with
increasingly strict regulations on storing and tracking e-mail, Thompson said.
About 7,000 employees at the Redmond-based software maker are currently testing
Exchange Server 2007. Microsoft plans to make a second test version more widely
available this summer, and release it to consumers late this year or early in