With proliferation of speech recognition and speech synthesis, you’d expect e-mail, voice mail and fax, and, of course, anti-virus and anti-spam technologies to be part of the next version. But E12 is much more than that!
Here are just some of the features:- “Unified Messaging” = e-mail, fax, voicemail in one inbox- Scheduling assistant – helps you find good/better/best time slots for appointments- External OOF (out-of-office) auto-reply…of course schedulable- Outlook voice access – ability to call in using any phone and get your appointments, e-mails, even reschedule an appointment!- OWA (outlook web access) has move Outlook-like features, e.g. as you type the address, the best-guess choice is auto-filled based on the most recently used addresses, access to SharePoint resources, access to Outlook forms, DRM (digital rights management), etc.- Resources (e.g. conference room) is now easily distinguished from attendees- Multi-mailbox search- Outlook Mobile for cell phones, PDAs, and other mobile devices- 64-bit, which promises to be faster and more stable- More secure, e.g. intra-org mail (E12 to E12) encrypted and signed by default, anti-virus and anti-spam protection- No more nightly backups – continuous (throughout the day) database backup- New server role-based setup => easier setup- Web services API- Easier client setup with auto-discovery servicesand much more!