This week, Microsoft announced on its blog that the Beta release of Exchange Server 2010 is finally rolling out, and this is likely to have some big impact on the channel for many different reasons.
This release is built with the Microsoft Software Plus Services model in mind, and it comes with several new features, most notably, a new email archive. According to the blog entry, this feature will help protect information and meet compliance requirements. But, what the blog doesn't say is that Exchange now competes with all of the archive products that were designed to work with Exchange to provide the feature that Microsoft now includes. If you're selling Microsoft, then it's good news, but not so good if you're a reseller for a third-party archiving solution.
In addition to archiving, Exchange Server will also include role-based access control, and the ability of an authorized compliance officer or other security personnel to conduct a multi-mailbox search.