Sunday, May 9, 2010

Favorite Exchange 2010 SP1 features - Part 1

There is much to talk about but only so much we can say at this point. Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 adds a few nice to have features people have been asking for. Some are nice to have while others are imperative to operating a large-scale mail environment.

In this post I'll talk about a few of the optimized visual enhancements in Outlook Web App 2010.

In previous versions of OWA you could customize the look slightly by changing the color to a few simple selections. In Exchange 2010 SP1 you have quite a few built-in themes to meet the needs of just about anyone. Here are a few samples:

The themes are selectable through the Options button in the top right corner and don't require switching screens or clicking through multiple menus. The themes apply instantly and change text color along with the top banner image to give Outlook Web App the style you're looking for.

Outlook Web App SP1 now simplifies the reading pane and action buttons so the user can see more of the content and less wasted white space. The end result is a better viewing experience on size constrained displays such as Netbooks.

Improvements to performance have been made all over. Moving from message to message, deleting content, viewing calendar data give OWA 2010 SP1 a fresh feel. Official performance improvement numbers haven't been released yet but the general feel is quite positive.

Well that's all I can say for now. Check back again soon for more.

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