Microsoft Exchange Server Gains More New Users than Closest Competitor by 2-to-1 in 2001

REDMOND, Wash., July 23, 2002 — In a position shift for the worldwide integrated collaborative environments (ICEs) industry, Microsoft®
Exchange Server has leaped past IBM Corp. as the leader, according to a new International Data Corp. (IDC) study, Worldwide Integrated Collaborative Environments Forecast and Analysis, 2002–2006: How Vendors Can Keep the ICE Flowing.

IDCs study on the $1.57 billion worldwide ICE industry is the latest to recognize Microsoft Exchange Server as the leader in worldwide messaging applications. The study says Microsoft Exchange Server software grew its user install base 30.4 percent in 2001, giving it a leading install base of 39.4 percent.

IDC attributes Exchange Servers growth in part to its tight integration with the Outlook® messaging and collaboration client and Windows®

Paul Flessner, senior vice president of .NET Enterprise Servers, echoes this message with Microsofts commitment to customers.

Exchanges 30 percent new-customer growth is significant for two reasons, Flessner said. First, its great momentum for all the .NET Enterprise Servers, validating that — in a slow economy — enterprises are choosing Microsoft for its best-of-breed technology. Second, well keep growing our research and development investment to meet customer needs for continual innovation, while others are cutting back.

The newest innovation will take the form of Titanium, the code name for the next version of Exchange scheduled to be released in 2003. Titanium is a response to customer feedback on requested improvements to Exchange 2000.

In addition to enhanced deployment and administration tools, Titanium will be an easily deployed, incremental upgrade, employing the Exchange 2000 code and enabling information workers by making mobility pervasive with seamless integration of wireless functionality.

We live in a world where information needs to be accessed any place, any time, on any device. Titanium will be able to provide a seamless mobile experience with an enhanced Outlook client and wireless access through Outlook Mobile Access and Pocket Outlook to support the broad range of devices that information workers use today, Flessner said. Titanium proves Microsofts commitment to delivering an industry-leading messaging solution.

About Exchange

Exchange is the leader in messaging and collaboration, with more than 109 million licenses sold. Exchange is the easy-to-manage messaging and collaboration platform that provides e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, conferencing and XML Web services for custom collaborative applications that bring people and information together. Exchange delivers enhanced reliability, scalability, manageability and performance with a lower total cost of ownership.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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