Microsoft Announced Launching of Exchange Server 2019

Edwin HofferTechnical Expert
Microsoft has decided to launch the Exchange Server 2019 this year for its on-premise users. What’s new now Microsoft is going to serve its users? How good is it going to be on the current Exchange Server 2016? This blog is going to answer all queries of users & a quick overview of new features.

Microsoft declared its plans and ideas of on-premises Exchange Server at the Ignite 2017 conference. They are calling this new version “Exchange Server 2019.” The preview will be revealed in mid-2018 and the release is supposed to occur in the second half of 2018. The other releases of the Exchange Server were:

  • Exchange 2016 in late 2015
  • Exchange 2013 in late 2012
  • Exchange 2010 in late 2009

It can be observed that Microsoft releases a typical new version after every 3 years, with the RTM of the newly launched version is marginally preceding the year that it is named with.

In the first step, new features were added in Exchange Online. Then, this initiative made its way to the development of on-premises Exchange. For instance, some modifications done in the Exchange 2013 era have not appeared as on-premises until the Exchange server 2016 was released.

However, Microsoft does not make any particular declarations till now. The predictions for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 depends on the slideshow that Microsoft called out, some convection, previous patterns, and the practicability of carrying cloud modifications to the on-premise architecture.

Expected Features To Be Seen In Exchange Server 2019

  • Less dependency on the operating system and the Active Directory which are out of mainstream support will be excluded. This will establish Windows Server 2012 R2 as the minimum OS required. If the Exchange Server 2019 (announced at Ignite 2017) RTM is before 2018 when Windows 2012 R2 goes into expanded compatibility, the minimum requirement will be AD. If the Exchange server 2019 RTM is later, the minimum requirement can be set to Windows Server 2016 instead.

  • The services which were disapproved in Exchange 2016 will be completely eliminated in the Exchange Server 2019. It implies the closure of RPC-over-HTTP, which is replaced by the reformed MAPIhttp protocol. MAPThttp protocol is adaptive by all the Outlook clients that are present in either mainstream or the extended support so, the need of retaining RPC-over-HTTP does not emerge. This also means the elimination of “Outlook Anywhere” as the programmable Client Access namespace, and the MAPI virtual directory is taking its place.

  • The minimum supported email client is MS Outlook 2013. By the time Exchange 2019 will be launched, Office 2013 will not be included in the mainstream. It is appropriate to demand the brand-new operating system for a newly launched Exchange edition. But it is not fair to demand users to update the overall Office client arrangement. It is predicted that Office 2019 will not be launched early because Microsoft requires N-1 clients for Exchange Server 2019, so they will hold the support of Outlook 2013 to satisfy the users, maybe via an update launched that is needed for best performance and compatibility.

  • Outlook on the network will be upgraded to the recent Exchange Online customer’s experience (they are very near today but, the EXO edition will keep evolving).

  • Microsoft will extract some more improvements in performance from the database engine. Exchange 2016 amends storage IOPS and examines performance, and in recent times, increase the maximum specialization of hardware, that can be used to scale only Exchange server up to. If the scale is given on which the Exchange Online runs at, Microsoft always tries harder to make it further better, and due to this on-premise customers will be in profit as well.

  • The architecture of Server role will not be changed. DAG (Database Availability Group) is a high availability and site resilience illustration from Exchange 2010, and it forms the foundation of HA/SR in Exchange Online. To fulfill the demands of customers, edge transport will remain as the available role.

  • The size capacity allotted to the public folders will increase. However, no drastic change will be noticed in the case of features.

  • The cross-premises objections of hybrid deployments, for instance, mailbox permissions, calendar sharing, delegates, etc., will keep getting better.

  • Migration will be smooth, as noticed by the other capacities of Exchange server 2013 and 2016.

These are some of the Exchange Server 2019 features, which are expected to be seen in the launch of this latest version. 

The Final Words

Microsoft keeps getting better and aims to provide distinct solutions for users of on-premises. One such innovation is Exchange Server 2019. It is believed that Exchange 2019 will follow the arrangement and architecture of Exchange 2016. The only difference is some extra and advanced features will be added. On comparing different versions and assumptions, the brand new features of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 are predicted here. 

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