Exchange 2016 Preview Released

Through a post on the Exchange Team Blog announced availability of Exchange 2016 Preview which can be downloaded from here.

Here’s an extract of the post:

[su_quote url=””%5DWe’re excited to announce that Exchange Server 2016 Preview is now available for download. At Ignite, we introduced Exchange Server 2016 and demonstrated some of its capabilities. Now you can install the bits yourself and get hands-on experience with the newest member of the Exchange family. We’re eager to hear your feedback as we progress toward a final release later this year. This version of Exchange is special because it was born in the cloud. From the depths of the mailbox store to the most visible parts of the Outlook web UI, the bits that make up Exchange 2016 are already in use across millions of mailboxes in Office 365. For the past several months we’ve been working to package up these capabilities and deliver them on-premises. This preview milestone is an important step in that process, and we’re excited to include the worldwide Exchange community in the journey.[/su_quote]

Some of the new and improved features have been already discussed on a separate post but it is worth mentioning some of them:

  • Simplified architecture with only two roles
  • Coexistence improvements
  • Improved reliability
  • Coexistence improvements between Exchange 2016 and legacy versions
  • Enhanced DLP (Data Loss Prevention) built-in into Exchange
  • New Name for Outlook Web App now Outlook on the WEB

I want to spend couple more words, and some images courtesy of Microsoft, about Outlook on the Web as there is more apart the name change.

Exchange 2016 Preview – Outlook on the Web

I’m an avid Outlook Web App user, or should I say Outlook on the Web from now on?, and must admit I don’t miss the full-blown client as Microsoft made a great job in the feature and usability department for the web client.

Among the new features available with Exchange 2016 Preview in Outlook on the Web we can find ability to

  • Swipe
  • Pin
  • Reply in Line (yay!)
  • Single line in box view
  • Better formatting controls
  • Better search
  • Ability to paste in line images
  • Lot of performance improvements for mobile users

Below you can see a screenshot of Outlook on the Web in action

Outlook on the web


I am looking forward to test the Pin function which I use extensively in and achieved in OWA leaving the message unread like a rudimental To-Do list but I am also interested in the improved search which seems great for what I can see in the screenshotsExchange 2016 Preview Search

Some details about the new search features were shared at MS Ignite and are very well worth the time.

Exchange 2016 Preview – What’s next?

While not complete Microsoft already started releasing Exchange 2016 Preview documentation which you can use to get started with the new release of the product.

As an Exchange admin and consultant I am very exciting about Exchange 2016 Preview being available and already started installing binaries in my home lab so stay tuned for next article where I will go in more details for installations of Exchange 2016 and test of its features.


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