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Tony Redmond MVP

Tony Redmond has been working with Exchange Server since Digital and Microsoft concluded the Alliance for Enterprise Computing in August 1995 and he found out that the OpenVMS-based email server that he was working on had just been superseded. He's written ten books on Exchange to date, including his latest "Inside Out" book on Exchange 2013 (Mailbox and High Availability) that appeared in October 2013. In addition, he has written literally hundreds of articles about different aspects of Exchange and has spoken at conferences such as TechEd, MEC, Exchange Connections, and HP's Technology Forum.

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Google beating Microsoft in mobile apps? Maybe for consumer, but not for business

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The nice people at SurveyMonkey sent me a note about their blog post of 20 April titled “Office 365 vs. Google Apps: Microsoft struggles to compete on mobile” to outline the case that Google has outpaced Microsoft in every (mobile application) category. However, I’m not sure that the arguments they advance are on the mark.
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Improve Your Exchange Deployment by Learning from a Massive Scale

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Exchange Online running on Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud platform operates more than 100,000 servers to support some 60 million mailboxes. At least, that’s the best-guess estimate based on information provided by Microsoft at the Exchange Conference 2014, data in their most recent financial reports, and consultant analysis. Even if the figures are a little skewed, there’s no doubt that Exchange Online is a massive distributed environment that supports thousands of companies worldwide. Office 365 continues growing strongly and some estimates predict that more mailboxes will be hosted in the cloud than are on on-premises servers by the end of 2017.

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The Future of the Exchange Administrator

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Anyone who runs an on-premises Exchange environment today would be forgiven for wondering how long their job will last, at least in its current shape. The sales pressure from Microsoft and other vendors to influence CIOs to consider moving workloads to cloud platforms increases all the time and the inevitable fear is that jobs disappear once work is transitioned.

The situation for an Exchange administrator is pretty straightforward. The company can stay with on-premises Exchange for the immediate future as Microsoft’s support policy means that Exchange 2013 will remain in extended support until 2022 while Exchange 2016, due for release in late 2015, will be supported until 2025. The same support window applies for hybrid deployments where some workload stays on-premises and some runs in the cloud. On the other hand, the company might decide to go "all in" and embrace the cloud by moving to Office 365 or another hosted Exchange solution.

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