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Exchange 12 News coming out of IT Forum

Exchange GuyEileen Brown has posted on her weblog the news coming out of IT Forum this week that the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server – “Exchange 12” – will only be available for 64 bit platforms.  (Yes, she said “only”.) 

The official Press Release is here, outlining the 64–bit announcement as well as other great announcements that Bob Muglia made in his keynote speech.

Other of my team have blogged this, too:

Now… let’s discuss…

Here’s what I think, right now.  I’m not sure.  I’m still “on the fence” about how the public will react to this news. Yes, it’s great for Enterprise customers. They will absolutely love it.

But small-to-mid-sized business is still quite skeptical about having to buy new hardware “just for the support of new software”.  In this case I wonder if we’re not just encouraging the notion that Exchange 2003 is “good enough” for a long time to come.

What do you think?