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Upgrading exchange 2003, should I go to 2010 or 2013?

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Hi,

I am getting ready to upgrade our exchange server.  We currently are running exchange 2003 with about 70 mailboxes.  Clients are all using office 2010 (outlook 2010) and that will not be getting upgraded.  We also have 10 blackberry devices running off Blackberry enterprise server.  

I'm looking some advice on which would be better fit exchange 2010 or 2013?  Does either offer better services for mobile devices?

Thanks for advice
Greg
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 2000 total points
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Personally I would buy Exchange 2013, and use downgrade rights to Exchange 2010.
You will need to have your BES on 5.x.x, but if you are on one of the free versions then you can deploy BES Express, if you are on BES 4.1x (full product) then Blackberry are currently offering the server upgrade for free.
Using a BES means the Exchange server support for mobile devices doesn't matter.

The reason I say the above is because Exchange 2013 is still very new, with lots of issues being ironed out and third party support is still limited. Exchange 2010 is rock solid and there is good third party support and support on forums.

By purchasing the later version though, you could then decide to deploy it later on, next year or something. The differences between Exchange 2010 and 2013 are not as huge as between 2003 and 2010, so the move is relatively minor.

Simon.
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Thanks for the info helps make my decision to go with 2010
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