Jeffrey Rosen is a senior consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services. He specializes in Exchange Server and collaboration tools. He has a CISSP and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in Security and Messaging.
Every time Microsoft releases a new version of Exchange Server, we wonder whether it will still support public folders. Over the years, companies have experienced wild growth in public-folder usage. Users are often creative with public folders (which are intended for data archive), using them to make backups of their desktops and even to run business-critical applications. However, with its recent announcement of Exchange Server 2007—the next major version of Exchange—Microsoft has set the grounds for "de-emphasizing" public folders.