With the introduction of Exchange 2013, Microsoft is betting more heavily that a single common codebase will bring them economies of scale for their own hosted services while still providing enough benefits to encourage on-premises customers running previous versions to upgrade. This bet revolves around a number of strategic investments, including major investments in archiving and compliance functionality.

Microsoft has coordinated the release of SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013, and Exchange 2013 (the so-called “Wave 15” versions). With the Wave 15 releases, for the first time Microsoft’s archiving and discovery investments cross product lines, meaning that Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange are delivering a cohesive set of discovery, archiving, and compliance features. In previous versions, each of these products had separate archives, with no built-in way to search across them all. This feature gap represented a market opportunity for third-party archiving and compliance solutions, but it is one that Microsoft is moving to fill.

In this paper, Exchange MVP Paul Robichaux discusses the new features in Exchange 2013, how they fit into Microsoft’s compliance and discovery strategy, and how they fit into business requirements for compliance and discovery. He also explores what gaps still exist in this latest offering and the options available to organizations for which Exchange 2013’s features are insufficient.