Just weeks after Microsoft released Office 2019 into the wild, the company has now made its Office 2019 Server products available for its commercial customers (opens in new tab). In all, the new Office Server 2019 releases cover Exchange Server, Skype for Business Server, SharePoint Server, and Project Server.
Here's a rundown of what's new with each:
- Exchange Server 2019: Exchange Server 2019 includes scale and performance enhancements, new and improved search powered by Bing, new options to restrict the forwarding of meeting requests, and increased control over "out of office" settings.
- Skype for Business Server 2019: Skype for Business Server 2019 provides on-premises and hybrid customers with additional security, quality, and performance features to improve the hybrid scenario. New features include Cloud Voicemail, Cloud Call Data Connector, Streamlined Migration to Teams, and support for TLS 1.2.
- SharePoint Server 2019: For end users, the new release delivers modern libraries, lists, and communication sites. IT professionals will see improved performance and scale with simplified management. And developers will now be able to build for both cloud and on-premise environments with deeper SharePoint Framework integration.
- Project Server 2019: Updates include enhancements to performance and scalability, improved reporting, and an expanded set of APIs.
As was the case with Office 2019's perpetual apps, Microsoft continue to focus efforts on rolling out new features to Office 365 customers first. However, the updated Office Server 2019 products offer an alternative for businesses and organizations who aren't yet ready to switch to the cloud and want to keep their apps and servers on-premesis.
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I am so glad we junked all the on prem stuff over the last couple of years. We retired a couple of hundred servers and our users are much happier that they get new features much earlier than before. We are now doing a project for Windows as a service.
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