Although Microsoft Exchange 2010 training is readily available, there still remains a large contingency of people using the 2003 version, one that will no longer be supported beginning on April 8. According to The Whir, the 11-year-old email software, which has streamlined the communication processes of business professionals, is still used by 66 million around the world who have neglected to transition to an updated version.
"They're going to completely vulnerable without he support," said Michael Gold, president of Microsoft partner Intermedia, as quoted by the source.
The executive also noted that the contemporary business platform prominently features cloud computing and mobile integration, two elements that Exchange 2003 isn't necessarily compatible with. The latest releases of the email solution feature the functionality, security and scalability required to adequately interact with tablets, smartphones and cloud servers.
Gold claimed the unwillingness to change stems from two factors. The first is the assumed work involved with implementing the program into office computers. The second is the task of acclimating employees to the formats of Exchange 2010 or 2013. However, he said the latter challenge could be resolved by enrolling staff in Microsoft training courses.
A new mode of operating
New features in Microsoft Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 offer employees enhanced protection and communication flexibility. Peter Bruzzese, a contributor to InfoWorld, outlined some of the applications accompanying the updated software. He noted that although some tools may not be applicable to particular environments, having them in an office worker's virtual arsenal is helpful nonetheless.
Edge Transport, a program that positions itself on the perimeter network, manages all Internet-facing mail and provides additional defense via transport regulations. Bruzzese noted that the program has to be configured through PowerShell in the Exchange Management Shell, but that the tasks required to set up the system aren't too complicated. In order to provide users with adequate knowledge, Microsoft training may be a good idea.
A key feature in Exchange 2013 is the improvement of data loss prevention applications. The source claimed that SP1 has added the DLP Policy Tips for Outlook Web Access, as well as OWA for Devices and document fingerprinting. One new trait the software developer implemented into the system allows users to send and receive signed and encrypted email.
If millions of business personnel choose to stick with Exchange 2003 for the sake of convenience, they may find their email open to an influx of phishing scams and communicative infiltration plots.