Exchange 15 May Bring Offline Mode And Enhanced Search

Microsoft has had another leak, this time around, aspects of Exchange 15 - one of the tools to be found in the upcoming Office bundle. In the past few days some sources have claimed that Exchange 15 will include a couple of new interesting features, such as HTML5 integration, enhanced searching and even an off-line mode.

The information comes from people having access to a technical preview of Office 15, a pre-beta version, which was distributed amongst a tight circle of testers. It seems that they have learned that Microsoft is going to deliver the "next generation mailbox experience" with Exchange 15 - with one innovation brought into the system, a team mailbox directly integrated with SharePoint.

Outlook Web App, the successor of Outlook Web Access, is going to feature an off-line mode that was built using HTML5. According to the rumours, this mode is only available for Internet Explorer 10 at the moment, but it's expected to find its way into other browsers as well.

As for the HTML5 part, Microsoft may also use this technology to give users the ability to run applications inside of messages (such as a YouTube clip) - without the need to install any third-party plug-ins.

Moreover, Microsoft is also set to integrate an enhanced search mode using Microsoft FAST enterprise technology, which allows searching across multiple platforms, including Exchange 15, Lync 15 and Sharepoint 15.

Exchange 15 is set to arrive in September this year, at Microsoft's MEC event, where rumours of a public beta for this summer have also been heard.

Source: Zdnet