Microsoft: Next version of Exchange Server not until 2025

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Two years ago, Microsoft officials announced the next versions of on-premises Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Skype for Business Server, and Project Server would be available in the second half of 2021. The catch: All would require a subscription to get support, product updates, and security updates.

SharePoint Server and Project Server Subscription Editions launched as planned. But the other two new on-premises servers did not. Microsoft officials repeatedly have declined to provide an update on the situation until today, June 2 (and so far, they’re only talking about what’s next for Exchange Server).

Instead of rolling out in 2021 or 2022, the next on-premises release of Exchange Server now is coming in 2025, Microsoft announced today. In the interim, Microsoft plans to offer more new features for Exchange Server 2019 “over the coming months and years.” Microsoft also is advising customers who rely on the on-premises version of Exchange to move to the 2019 version as soon as possible. Microsoft will support Exchange Server until October 14, 2025.

Microsoft is touting Exchange Server 2019 as including several features not available in previous versions, including a new and improved Outlook on the web, improved security, better performance

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