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Microsoft Announces the Future for Exchange Server

By Tony Redmond | June 2, 2022 | 11 Comments

On June 2, Microsoft made a bunch of announcements covering the future for Exchange Server. A new version will come in 2025 that will follow Microsoft’s modern lifecycle policy (i..e., no end of support dates). The downside is that customers must install updates and remain current, and must be covered by Software Assurance. For those who really want to stay with on-premises, this is a good day. And the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) is coming back (hooray!) albeit in a virtual format (boo!).

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