I awoke this morning to a note from Iain McDonald to remind me that it was twenty years ago today that Microsoft approved the release of build 837 of a new product called Exchange Server. After being signed off in March 1996, the formal launch happened the following June. It took time to get the “gold” build sent to manufacturing so that copies could be distributed to customers plus all the ancillary activities such as marketing.
I was sad to learn of the death of Ray Tomlinson on March 5. For those who don’t know, Ray was the engineer who figured out how to send email between computers in 1971. Part of that effort was the selection of the at sign (@) as the delimitation between personal account name and email domain for addressing messages.
One of the points I made in “How Exchange’s Recover Deleted Items option could be improved” is that it would be nice if Exchange could track the folder that an item was deleted from so that the item could be restored there if required. Some said that this wasn’t needed because they never use anything but the Inbox and Sent Items folders.
When Microsoft announced that Exchange 2013 CU1 and Exchange 2016 CU12 would implement a “mailbox anchoring”, a new way of connecting Exchange Management Shell (EMS – or PowerShell if you like) sessions to Exchange servers, I weighed in with some thoughts on the topic and basically said that the new approach was a good idea.
In January, I spoke with Javier Soltero, the new General Manager of the Outlook development group, about his plans, hopes, and aspirations for revitalizing the Outlook client family, including Outlook desktop.