When I spoke with Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Exchange Server team, back in February, I asked how he saw the adoption rate of Exchange Server 2010 to that point. "I think it's still a little early to say, but we are very encouraged by what we've seen so far. Very good reception, lot's of excitement. It's still early, but we are very optimistic," he said. He pointed to the financial benefits of Exchange 2010 as well as the many customers still on Exchange 2003 and using older, nearing-end-of-life hardware as key drivers for the move to Exchange 2010.
In March, we ran a poll on the Exchange & Outlook page asking about Exchange 2010 migration plans, and the results indicated that 72 percent of respondents had already migrated, were in the process, or planned to within one year. More recently, Azaleos released results of a survey conducted by Osterman Research focusing on migration plans for organizations with 1,000 or more users. The survey seems to indicate that these organizations are more ready to adopt Exchange 2010 early than is typical for a Microsoft server product, and it predicts that Exchange 2010 will be the dominant Exchange version in use in 2011, largely picking up share from Exchange 2003....More