For almost a full decade, Microsoft’s Exchange Server has been powering our emails and calendars, acting as the backbone for vital aspects of our working lives. Now we ask, is it time to upgrade?
For almost a full decade, Microsoft’s Exchange Server has been powering our emails and calendars, acting as the backbone for vital aspects of our working lives. However, as of April this year, the support cycle for Exchange 2007 is finally ending, and the server will no longer be maintained by the company’s technical team.
If you’re an Exchange 2007 user, it’ll demand a couple of changes on your part. Thankfully, we’re here to guide you through the transition: what it means, what the alternatives are, and how we can help you through to the other side…
Saying ‘goodbye’ to a time-honoured tool
In 2007, Microsoft launched the x-64 version of its Exchange Server mail system. Although earlier releases had been available since the mid-90s, it was this package – running on more sophisticated Windows architecture – that set the gold standard for calendar and communications tools.
Yet no good thing can last forever. After 10 years, the Exchange Server is being phased out of Microsoft’s support network. You can still use it, of course, but should the server go down, there’ll be no-one to consult with to bring it back online. You’ll be left high and dry with significant downtime. Additionally, there’ll be gaps in your security framework, since updates won’t be released at all.
Why is this happening? Well, it can be pinned on developments in interconnectivity between Microsoft applications, which have left the old Exchange Server behind. Anticipating the switchover, the tech giant suggests that you upgrade to a Modern Exchange Server. This will require a full replacement server to be installed on your premises, which is a fairly costly procedure.
There is another way, though, which we’re much fonder of…
Office 365 saves the day
Amazingly enough, the cheaper alternative is coasting beneath the radar of most business owners. Office 365, the all-in-one Microsoft solution, includes the Modern Exchange Server as standard. You can quite easily transfer your existing mail and calendar accounts over to it using the Microsoft FastTrack application.
Since Office 365 contains so much of value – typical programmes like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but also Outlook and OneNote – it’s a no-brainer to switch to this package. It functions on the Cloud, too; as updates are implemented on release, it erases the need for completely fresh server hardware at your place of work.
Linten Technologies are a trusted provider of Office 365. We’re able to offer the complete package from £4.50 per user, per month. With full support in the wings, you can dive back into your day-to-day routine without fretting over cyber security and faulty connections.
It’s better to be safe than sorry where your emails, calendar and contacts list is concerned. Information is key to any venture, and we’re all about ensuring that yours is safe and accessible, at all times. Contact us for more advice before the Exchange Server support cycle wraps up for good.