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October 11, 2002—In this issue:
- MEC 2002 Highlights
2. NEWS AND VIEWS
- Windows & .NET Magazine Names MEC 2002 Best of Show Winners
- The Exchange Solutions You've Been Searching For!
- Get Connected at Microsoft IT Forum 2002!
- Exchange HOW TO: Migrate from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2000 Server
- Featured Thread: New Messages Appear as Read in Outlook
5. NEW AND IMPROVED
- Listen to Your Email Messages
- Submit Top Product Ideas
6. CONTACT US
- See this section for a list of ways to contact us.
(contributed by Paul Robichaux, News Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The close of MEC 2002 marks the end of an era—reliable sources tell me that Microsoft is quietly retiring MEC and rolling the show's content into its annual TechEd conference (TechEd 2003 will be June 1 through 6, in Dallas). With that in mind, I've put together a few highlights from this year's show.
First was the third-party product explosion. No, nothing actually exploded on the show floor (apart from a few inflatable beach balls that one vendor was distributing). Rather, the variety of products for deploying and supporting Exchange Server has grown dramatically since last year's show. Plenty of cool technologies and products were on the floor. (The Windows & .NET Magazine Best of Show awards went to some of the most deserving products. See the News and Views section for details.) My favorites included Authenex's AOne system, which provides secure sign-on through a small USB token and which works with Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000 to provide two-factor authentication for remote users. I was surprised at the flexibility and power of IMlogic's products for monitoring and managing Instant Messaging (IM) traffic, which is a growing concern for many organizations. And CipherTrust's IronMail appliance impressed me with its range of email filtering and security capabilities.
Then there were the big guns. Microsoft officially unveiled the next version of Exchange Server (code-named Titanium), and the next version of Outlook (code-named Outlook 11). Microsoft is designing these products to work closely together and with Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003. Also, Microsoft Senior Vice President Paul Flessner led an impressive parade of product demos during his keynote address. The attendees I talked to particularly liked Win.NET Server's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and Outlook 11's new look and feel and improved connectivity.
VSS lets you create point-in-time snapshot copies of on-disk data. Microsoft Product Manager Keith Hageman demonstrated how to use VSS to make and restore a snap copy of Exchange. You can find out about this exciting functionality at http://www.microsoft.com/storage , and you're sure to see more about it as Titanium and Win.NET Server get closer to release.
Outlook 11's interface is more dynamic than earlier versions, so you can easily do things such as build virtual folders that look like standard folders but hold the results of dynamic queries. And in an exciting development, Outlook 11 will support the use of remote procedure call (RPC) over HTTP. This support means that organizations that use the client with Titanium will be able to permit full and efficient Outlook access without VPNs or special firewall configurations. Microsoft has updated the RPC engine to be more efficient (which translates into better network performance), and the new client-side store makes Outlook 11 much more capable when not connected to an Exchange server.
Finally, this year's top-rated sessions discussed Microsoft .NET and .NET Framework technologies. Unsurprisingly, the hands-on migration labs that let attendees practice migrating from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2000 Server were also well attended. (Microsoft is continuing to emphasize the benefits of migrating to Exchange 2000 now to better reap the improvements in Win.NET Server and Titanium.)
Of course, no MEC report would be complete without a pick for best booth. Choosing among all the competitors was tough. In the end I called a tie between Microsoft, which put down a really thick, soft carpet in the Ask the Experts area, and the company whose employees dressed up as Disney characters (including the ever-popular Tigger)—a nice touch considering the conference's proximity to Disneyland.
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2. NEWS AND VIEWS
(contributed by Michele Crockett, email@example.com)
Windows & .NET Magazine announced the winners of the Best of Show Awards for MEC 2002 in Anaheim, California. Janet Robbins, Windows & .NET Magazine editor in chief, presented awards to Windows technology vendors in five categories. The winner of the collaboration and productivity category was aimware's TeamCentral. Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) won in the management category. Fenestrae's Fenestrae Enterprise Mobility Server won in the mobility category. NEC Solutions America's NEC Express5800/320La won in the networking and infrastructure category. The winner in the security category was BindView's bv-Control for Windows. For additional details, go to the following URL:
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5. NEW AND IMPROVED
(contributed by Carolyn Mader, firstname.lastname@example.org)
DPD International released MailSpeech (available as a preinstalled turnkey system or as a software package with a voice telephony board), which lets you access email from any touch-tone telephone. When you call and log on to MailSpeech, the system can access an Exchange Server or SMTP/POP3 mailbox and read you the messages, including most text-based attachments. You can choose to hear just the message headers or the entire message. You can also reply to or forward messages to a telephone extension or fax number. The product includes fast forward, rewind, skip, and delete commands. For pricing, contact DPD International at 714-695-1000 or email@example.com.
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