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Microsoft Splits Exchange and Conferencing Server, Hits RC1

Last month, Microsoft Corp. broke the conferencing functionality out of Exchange Server 2000, said it will ship as a standalone product called, not surprisingly, Exchange 2000 Conferencing Server, and chalked both products up as the first of release candidates.

The Exchange 2000 line consists of Exchange 2000 Server, for small and mid-size companies, Exchange 2000 Enterprise Server and Exchange 2000 Conferencing Server.

Exchange 2000 Server has the transacted data store, fault-tolerant SMTP routing, instant messaging and a refreshed Outlook client. Microsoft added four-way active/active clustering and an unlimited transacted data store to the enterprise version.

Conferencing Server, which Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) separated from the base Exchange server at customer request, enables users to hold online data and voice conferences and videoconferences. Conferencing Server uses the company's NetMeeting client.

Microsoft says the Exchange product line will ship in the first half of this year. - Thomas Sullivan

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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