Microsoft has rolled out the latest iteration of its hugely popular Exchange e-mail server and has claimed that it can lower the total cost of ownership of the platform by 70 percent compared to previous editions.
The new version christened as Exchange 2010 boasts of a bunch of sophisticated features including new tools for enhancing security and the software giant hopes that corporate clients would warm up to its latest offering.
It is important to note that Microsoft has recently brought down the price of its online cloud based version of Exchange to just $10 per user in order to take on rivals like IBM and Google who are pushing their products through aggressive pricing.
Even though IBM is offering a cloud based edition of Lotus iNotes at just $3 per user, Microsoft continues to put up a brave face and has decided against reducing prices of its on-premise servers and has even claimed that a significant number of its new clients incidentally happen to be erstwhile Lotus Notes users.
Though the price of on premise server editions of Exchange remains the same, Microsoft believes that its price advantage stems from the new features and collaboration tools it offers and a research conducted by Forrester also suggests that organisations can look to recoup their investments in Exchange 2010 in just six months.
Exchange 2010 is the second major release for Microsoft after Windows 7. The next milestone will be Office 2010 which is set to be released early next year and will be followed by Windows Mobile 7. Exchange 2010 will be an excellent complement to the Windows Server 2008 and will leverage new features introduced in it.