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Exchange Server Bids Farewell to Office

If you’re a business owner considering a computer software upgrade for 2013, ask yourself one important question before opening your wallet:

Is this software compatible with my current infrastructure?

This question becomes much more relevant if you’re upgrading from either Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or Microsoft Office 2003. Here’s why:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 does not support Office 2003
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 does not support Office 2013

Exchange Server 2013 will not support Office 2003 because its previous messaging application programming interface (MAPI) was not included. Instead, Exchange 2013 provides clients with more advanced and secure email rules such as POP3, IMAP, SMTP, and various HTTPS protocols. Microsoft Office 2003 does not support Exchange ActiveSync, a key feature of Exchange Server 2013.

Microsoft support is already discontinued for Exchange Server 2003, and Office 2003 support is scheduled to end in April 2014. Now is the time to discuss an upgrade path with your IT manager to minimize any potential future business interruptions.

The important thing to remember is that the choice to upgrade is yours. Your current software may work fine, but due to the lack of resources and support for Exchange 2003 and Office 2003, you should plan your next move. Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 have many new and improved features from what you are likely used to and are an excellent place to start to help improve your business productivity.

If you need assistance in choosing a software upgrade for your business, call Prophet Business Group in Winnipeg at 204-982-9890 or email sales@prophet.ca. Our Network team and sales staff would be happy to speak with you to help decide which product is the right fit – and most compatible – for your business.

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