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For years, Microsoft Exchange has been the gold standard for business email communication, collaboration and productivity. And it only gets better with time. In each new release, Microsoft further distances itself from its competition and establishes itself as the king of the road when it comes to features, capabilities and benefits. Because of this, it is used by some of the most dynamic and influential businesses in the world.
With the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the air, I open up Microsoft Outlook and head straight to my calendar to start scheduling meetings. Being a technical project manager, part of my job includes scheduling meetings—and in any given session, I easily schedule 5+ meetings for 15+ folks.
Snow Leopard was just released last week. Lots of deep technical goodies included, but one main benefit to users: the Mac is now fully Exchange compatible. Wait, I thought Exchange was dead? Even Apple admits that Exchange is winning in corporate America. It works. It is installed. It is advancing.
Last week I told you I was headed to LA to the launch of Windows Server 2008. Well, I went and got a t-shirt to prove it. Last Wednesday morning, I attended the keynote where Tom Brokaw opened for Steve Ballmer and Microsoft officially announced the launches of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008.
Today, I‘m in Los Angeles for the Microsoft launch of Windows Server 2008. With this launch, our Windows customers will now have the option to continue to deploy on Windows Server 2003 or possibly on the new Windows Server 2008. Rackspace is making Windows Server 2008 available on the same day Microsoft launches it to the public, but there are a few limitations until all of our vendors catch up with production drivers. If you’re a customer, you can check with your account team for the specifics.