Magpie Tech Tips

July 14, 2015

New Microsoft Software is Coming!

Does your office use Exchange Server? SharePoint? How about Office? All of these applications - and more - are due for new versions, coming later this year or early next year. Here are the details on what to expect (and plan for upgrades).

Windows 10 isn't the only new Microsoft product coming out this year. Businesses have new versions of several popular Microsoft applications & servers to look forward to.

New versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Office are on their way this year and in early 2016. Here's the full list of releases, and what improvements you can expect:

  • Exchange 2016 – Improvements to document collaboration (using SharePoint or OneDrive), better search, and (of course) email security improvements. Released in Q4 2015.

  • Office 2016 – A new Sway app (creating interactive presentations for the Web), plus improvements to Outlook, Excel & Visio. Released in Fall 2015.

  • SharePoint 2016 – A new on-premise version, capable of working with Office 365, with bigger Search capabilities next-generation portal-building. Released in Q2 2016.

  • Skype for Business Server 2015 – Complete communications suite for both internal conversations and online meetings with customers worldwide (see our previous WOOF! article for the full rundown). Already released.

  • Windows 10 – "The last Windows version", with "Universal" apps and a new Start menu. See the main article above for more details. Release begins July 29.

  • Windows Server 2016 – Cloud optimization, expansions to PowerShell and Active Directory, and multiple improvements to Hyper-V virtual machine management. Released in early 2016.

If your office uses any of these applications, you’ll want to keep these new versions in mind. They all contain security updates, as well as new features to help you work more efficiently.

Important Note for all customers: Windows Server 2003 reaches End-of-Life this month. If your company still uses Windows Server 2003 in any capacity, it must be replaced as soon as possible. Like XP last year, any Windows Server 2003 servers operating after end-of-life become hacker targets.

Please contact info@planetmagpie.com for help with Windows Server 2003. Or if you'd like to learn more about these new Microsoft products.