Office 2019 Server previews now available for commercial customers

Microsoft today announced the launch of preview versions of its Office 2019 Server products. Included in today's release are updated versions of Exchange Server 2019, along with Skype for Business Servery 2019 – both of which pack a slate of new features and performance improvements (via ZDNet).

Here's a look at what's new, according to Microsoft:

  • Exchange Server 2019: Includes improved search experience powered by Bing tech, along with new calendar features like "Do Not Forward" and simplified calendar sharing. Exchange Server 2019 will also support Windows 2019 Server core. You can view a detailed rundown of what's new at Microsoft.
  • Skype for Business Server 2019: New features like Cloud Voicemail, Cloud Org Auto Attendant, Cloud Call Data Connector, and Streamlined Migration to Teams, are included in this release. Microsoft has also added "security, quality, and performance features to improve the hybrid scenario." If you're curious, you can find more information at Microsoft.

These Office Server 2019 releases are expected to launch later in 2018 and will replace the currently available 2016 versions. While Microsoft plans to continue to focus its efforts on providing new features to Office 365 customers first, these Office Server 2019 products will provide access to a spate of feature improvements for businesses who have yet to switch to the cloud.

These preview releases join the standard Office 2019 and Windows Server 2019 previews, both of which are in testing now.

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