Announcing the Pre-Announcement of Exchange 12

Exchange 2003 is so two years ago, which is why Microsoft is already beating the drums for Exchange 12, which like Office 12, will probably get an arbitrarily different name once it finally ships (no jokes about Exchange 2010 please!).

Next month, a small number of developers will be given a selection of details about the messaging server, and each, I’m sure, will be sworn to secrecy, so you’ll eventually get a small selection of the small selection of details that Microsoft releases to the small selection of developers.

Most of the information will be broad, such as the architecture, APIs and how Exchange and Outlook can be extended. I’m getting goose-pimply already.

Windows Small Business Server for Big Biz?
I’ve always thought that Windows Small Business Server 2003 was poorly named. Sure, it has its limits, but who wouldn’t want a server that’s cheaper and easier to set up? Microsoft seems to think that IT pros like yourself should be interested in SBS, even if only for your home or perhaps a branch office, and has 30 pages of details it wants you to pore over. If you need some material for a long bathroom break, print the whitepapers from here and have at it.

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Netscape: I’m Not Dead Yet
In the '90s, Netscape was the hottest thing since Mt. St. Helens. Unfortunately, the company had to square up against Microsoft, and Netscape’s arrogance meant it had no friends on its way down -- a lot of the press actually rooted for Redmond.

After AOL and Sun picked up the Netscape pieces, I thought the browser might come back, but even AOL pushed its own lame browser and IE over Netscape.

Now, for some reason I can’t really fathom, AOL has a deal with HP to plug Netscape into new PCs. Sounds OK, but wouldn’t Firefox be a cooler choice?

I Know You’ve Still Got Issues!
IT pros face lots of issues every day, from doing more with less, evaluating technology, keeping users happy, and dealing with bosses and underlings. What keeps you up at night? Office politics, dealing with vendors, keeping up with technology, finding and maintaining talent?

Redmond wants to cover your concerns in our pages. What should we write about? E-mail me at dbarney@redmondmag.com and I’ll try and get a writer right on it.

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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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