An Exchange Server is a mailing or groupware system. The Exchange Server is a product from the Microsoft Company. Most of the cases, this type of servers is used by companies using mainly Microsoft products. The advantage of an Exchange Server is the fact that it can be used independently of the size of the network. These servers are especially suited to build and maintain an intranet.
What about email?
Additionally, there is the possibility to manage and filter emails. Further more, schedules can be planned and timetables can be realized. To securely manage the amount of emails, there is also a comfortable email and file searching possibility. The technology of the Exchange Server is build upon an RPC protocol, also called MAPI. This technique is also used by Microsoft Outlook. The version for MAC is based on WebDAV. Although there are many concurrency products on the market, as for example Lotus Notes or Novell GroupWise, Microsoft still holds the first place. But the reasons for it are related to the Microsoft brand and the higher confidence that customers have with the products of Microsoft. The fact that most of the software components used in a company come from Microsoft makes it also even more logical that the corresponding server system is used. Due to the resulting compatibility, this saves the time of searching for replacement products which are compatible with the software customers are running.