LAS VEGAS, April 2, 1996 — Today at Networld+Interop ’96, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Microsoft®
Exchange Server, the first integrated messaging and groupware server designed to provide users and system administrators with native open and secure access to the Internet.
Microsoft Exchange Server contains e-mail and built-in groupware to allow group scheduling, discussion databases, document sharing and other custom applications to improve business productivity. In addition, it enables system administrators to monitor and troubleshoot the messaging system of an entire corporation – including Internet mail connections and usage – from a single workstation.
Microsoft Exchange Server enhances the Microsoft BackOffice
™family of server applications for distributed intranet and Internet computing, which is based on the Windows NT®
operating system. It also has cross-platform support for other 16-bit and 32-bit operating systems.
More than 60,000 users at corporations, government agencies and universities have already deployed Microsoft Exchange Server. More than 130 software developers have or will announce compatible products, and 30 of these products are expected to ship within 90 days of the Microsoft Exchange ship date. In addition, 12,000 Microsoft Solution Providers (SPs) have been educated to support Microsoft Exchange.
“Today we are shipping a comprehensive messaging product with integrated groupware and Internet connectivity that will meet the needs of companies today and in the future,”
said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of Microsoft’s desktop and business systems division.
“A dedicated development team’s design goals for this product – reliability, performance and stability – ensure companies can bank their mission-critical business on it, and we have 40 early adopter companies who already have.”
In addition to the external support for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft offers several new services, including preventive support that provides continuous remote-server monitoring and server-restoration, and consultative migration and planning services to assist customers with the deployment of Microsoft Exchange.
Internet Mail, X.400 Connectors and Application Development and Migration
Also available with Microsoft Exchange Server are the native connectors that allow Microsoft Exchange Servers to connect to the Internet, X.400 systems and Microsoft Mail servers. Internet Mail Connector is a multithreaded service that provides Internet connectivity with MIME and UUENCODE support for attachments. In addition, Microsoft Exchange Server provides an open foundation for application development with the Visual Basic® programming systems-based Microsoft Exchange Forms Designer. Microsoft is also providing tools to help customers migrate to Microsoft Exchange Server from other messaging systems, such as Lotus®
™, Microsoft Mail, IBM® PROFS®
, and Verimation Memo.
Pricing Meets Customer Needs
The full-featured version, Microsoft Exchange Server Enterprise Edition, which includes the X.400 Connector, Internet Mail Connector (SMTP/MIME), Microsoft Exchange Connector and the Microsoft Exchange Server, costs approximately $1,970, quantity one. Microsoft Exchange Server, the messaging server with integrated groupware, costs approximately $699, quantity one. The client access license, which provides e-mail, group scheduling and application development tools, costs approximately $54.
Microsoft also offers upgrade discounts for customers migrating from Microsoft Mail for PC and Appletalk®
Networks. These customers receive the Microsoft Exchange Connector at a $400 discount if they license Microsoft Exchange Server, or save $500 if they license the Enterprise edition.
Microsoft also announced the availability of cross-platform Microsoft Exchange clients for the Windows® 3.1 and Windows® for Workgroups 3.11, Windows® 95, Windows NT Workstation and MS-DOS® operating systems, for 16-bit and 32-bit mixed environments. Microsoft Exchange clients are available with Microsoft Exchange Server as well as separately in the Microsoft Exchange Client Pack. Microsoft Exchange Client for the Macintosh®
is currently in beta testing and scheduled to be released this summer.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.
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Microsoft Exchange Internet Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/