You might have heard that Microsoft has released Exchange 2019, the latest version of its incredibly popular email and collaboration tool. This new version boasts a number of new security and performance features that will help your small business be more productive and keep you safe from security threats. Want to see what’s under the hood for Exchange 2019? Let’s take a look.

But before we do that, I’d like to ask you something. Are you still running your company’s email server in your office? Maybe it’s time to consider a move to the cloud.

Did you know?

A recent study by Statista showed that the cloud business email market will be worth an estimated $60.7 billion in 2021, up from $28.8 billion in 2018.

Source: Statista, 2019

 

As you can see, a lot of small business owners just like you have taken the leap. Whether you’re planning a move to the cloud, or still considering your options, one thing is clear: Cloud-based email is safer and more reliable than keeping email on your office server.

More about the cloud later. For now, let’s get back to the new features in Exchange 2019.

Why Exchange 2019 is More Secure

Ask any business owner to name his biggest concern and chances are, he’ll start talking data security. Microsoft has beefed up security for Exchange 2019 to make it even harder for hackers to target your business email and documents. One of the ways Microsoft makes Exchange 2019 more secure is by installing it on a new platform, Windows Server 2019 Server Core. This doesn’t mean anything to most people, but this platform is better for security because it reduces the surface that can be targeted by hackers. Fewer lines of code are needed to run the platform, so it’s more difficult for a hacker to find a vulnerable spot.

Improved Performance

Microsoft has also re-engineered Exchange 2019 to make it even faster than the previous versions. This means you’ll get better results. Because of new hardware developments, Exchange 2019 will support up to 48 CPU cores and has 256GB of memory. In comparison, Exchange 2016 supports only 24 CPU cores and has 192GB of memory. This means larger organizations will be able to deploy fewer Exchange servers to save on licensing and reduce power consumption in their data centers.

What’s New in Calendars

Let’s take a look at the user experience. What will you and your staff get out of Exchange 2019? Well, if your company is a heavy calendar user, you’ll find a lot of new features for the Do Not Forward and Out of Office functions plus new Default End Dates for recurring meetings. Here are a few examples:

  • Do Not Forward: You can set meeting parameters so attendees won’t be able to forward the invitation to someone else
  • Out of Office: You can set up automatic replies for a specific period to:
    • Block your calendar
    • Refuse new meeting invitations
    • Cancel meetings
  • Default End Dates: When you create a recurring series of meetings, you can set a default end date instead of just leaving the end-date open.

As we mentioned earlier, cloud-based email is safer. It’s also more stable and easier to control because you can plan your changes and upgrades to fit your schedule. Have you heard about SherWeb Hosted Exchange? More than 25,000 businesses trust SherWeb to host their email in the cloud. Here’s what we offer:

  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Free migration and onboarding
  • Multiple data centers in Canada and the United States
  • 24/7/365 chat by phone, email or chat

Want to know more about our Hosted Exchange service? Ask any questions in the chat.

Written by Janice Lavallee Marketing Content Writer @ SherWeb

Janice is a Content Marketing Writer for Dynamics 365 & IaaS. She has worked in Sales and Marketing for more than 15 years, creating messaging that will help resellers better understand the products they sell. When she’s not writing or editing, Janice can be found perfecting her serve and ground strokes on a tennis court. She’s an avid volunteer for the Rogers’ Cup tournament in Montreal.