The Web Forces a Radical Overhaul of Exchange

Microsoft released the first version of Exchange, Exchange 4.0, in Mar. 1996 as a messaging (e-mail) and collaboration server. Although Exchange has never enjoyed overwhelming success in the collaboration marketplace and still trails Lotus Notes/Domino, it has gained a huge following as an e-mail server. Exchange 4.0 won early acceptance because it inherited a significant Microsoft Mail–installed base and because the highly functional Outlook 97 e-mail client was part of the standard corporate desktop, Microsoft Office.

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