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Exchange 2003 will no longer be supported starting April 8 2013

Exchange 2003 will no longer be supported starting April 8 2013

Microsoft announced a while back that it would not be supporting Exchange 2003 past April 8, 2014. With the deadline looming, organizations still running Exchange 2003 face a tough decision.

Here it is. On April 8, 2014, the tech giant will no longer support its Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server platform. No more patches, no more bug fixes and no more support whatsoever from Microsoft. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for businesses that choose to remain on Exchange 2003 beyond this date. It also means potential security risks, violations in regards to compliance regulations and more.

It’s been ten years since Exchange 2003 was launched, and quite honestly, the IT world —and the overall office environment— has evolved considerably. Organizations now require social, mobile and collaboration features that just weren’t around in 2003. With Exchange 2003’s end of life, organizations still running this platform will face a tough decision as they decide what to do next.

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Compliance

New HIPAA regulations have come into effect this month

Is your email encryption solution HIPAA compliant? Does your Microsoft Exchange environment ensure HIPAA compliant email?

More importantly, do you have a Business Associate agreement in place with your Service Provider?

IT teams working in the healthcare or finance industry, or for publicly traded companies, are often under pressure to meet mandatory government and industry regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA and GLBA.

These regulations stipulate the measures companies must take to ensure proper data security and monitoring. Lack of compliance can result in severe penalties, ranging from fines to legislative actions.

This is where things get complicated for IT teams. Deciphering HIPAA and SOX regulations often requires having a legal background. The growing patchwork of state, federal and international compliance regulations—and their sometimes overlapping applications—only makes matters worse.

Fortunately, there are hosting providers that offer simple and intuitive email solutions that can help you become HIPAA compliant while ensuring your Outlook experience remains for the most part unchanged.

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Apple iOS 7

Apple released iOS 7 a couple of days ago


Apple released iOS 7 two days ago. While other hosting providers have been scrambling to catch up, SherWeb’s hosted Exchange® customers using an iPhone have been syncing emails and calendars since Day 1 of the new operating system’s availability.

Apple’s long-awaited iOS 7 was released Wednesday, and has widely been touted as the first major update to the look and feel of Apple products since the passing of Steve Jobs. And true to Apple form, the new iOS immediately became a popular download among iPhone and iPad users. In fact, the adoption rate has been simply phenomenal. Less than 24 hours after being launched, the iOS 7 had already been installed on 26% of all iOS devices (this represents 13% of all mobile devices worldwide).
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Hosted Exchange 2013

Easily enhance your Exchange 2013 experience

Did you know that making just one tiny addition to your DNS records will allow you to make full use of all the options available in your Microsoft Exchange 2013 account?

All you have to do is create an Autodiscover record. Why? An Autodiscover record makes configuring your Exchange account much easier—with only your email address and password. It also gives you access to other features that are exclusive to Exchange.

The Autodiscover service supports email clients running Microsoft Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Mac Mail, Entourage 2008 WSE and many smartphones (you can check your mobile phone documentation to see if it’s supported).

The Autodiscover service must be deployed and configured correctly for clients to automatically connect to certain features in Exchange 2013. Fortunately, doing this is very easy. Take a look…

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Here’s how you can can access multiple mailboxes in just a few clicks.

We often talk about Microsoft Exchange 2013 as being a powerful tool that allows organizations to share and collaborate more productively. Here is just one example of this: You can configure Outlook to give users access to several inboxes or resource mailboxes.

Assistants to C-level execs often need to read and respond to the exec’s emails on a daily basis. By giving them access to the exec’s inbox, they can do this with ease. Exchange is the only email platform that allows you to manage multiple outlook mailboxes. This feature is not possible with a POP3 or IMAP account.

In this article, we look at a few other examples of when shared mailboxes can be a good idea. We also include easy step-by-step instructions on how to do this.

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Google announced last December that its Google Apps would no longer be free for new businesses. Its explanation was that its free basic service wasn’t really meeting their needs—specifically, the need for larger inboxes and 24/7 customer support. Meanwhile, its consumer clients weren’t happy waiting for features while Google made them business-ready.

Of course, money also played a role in this shift: According to the Wall Street Journal, paid Google Apps generated $1 billion in revenue in 2012. By dropping its Google apps for free for businesses and charging them for its premium service, Google clearly stands to make a sizable chunk of change.

This decision will actually be good for SMBs. Why? Free online services aren’t designed to meet specific business needs. Lured by the promise of reducing costs, struggling organizations have seriously compromised on productivity and support.

Instead of settling for free, SMBs should assess their specific needs and look for a paid email service that can be tailored to their needs—and that comes with top-notch service.

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’d like to share one of our love stories: It’s about a successful developer and consultant looking for a trusted hosting provider for his cloud email. So many Hosted Exchange providers, so many options. How to choose? That’s when he met SherWeb. And it’s been happily ever after ever since.

Fast-forward five years, and our successful developer and consultant is still a satisfied SherWeb customer. We recently asked him why he initially chose us as his Hosted Exchange provider, how his recent cloud migration to Hosted Exchange 2013 went, and what’s kept him with us all these years. Here’s what he had to say:

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We know that integrating multiple users manually onto a hosted Exchange platform can be a burden. We also know that managing and synchronizing multiple users, mailboxes and passwords can monopolize a lot of time. That’s why we created ADSync, the Active Directory synchronization.

SherWeb customers that use ADSync with our hosted Exchange 2010 and 2013 solutions tell us that it is a real time saver. These users will be happy to hear that we will soon be releasing version 2.0 of ADSync, an enterprise-level solution that will include additional features and a few fixes to make your workload even easier and more efficient.

Not familiar with ADSync? This Q&A with Normand Bedard, one of SherWeb’s programmer-analysts, will give you a quick overview of the benefits of using ADSync with your SherWeb hosted Exchange solution: What ADSync is, how it works, any potential issues and what you’ll like about the new update.

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Microsoft Exchange 2013 is now officially available to SherWeb’s Partner Network, which means SherWeb Resellers, Distributors and Affiliates can now add this high-demand cloud service to their portfolios, and meet a growing demand among SMBs for this new-and-improved business email solution from Microsoft.

Not only that, but SherWeb partners will be among the very first worldwide to be able to offer Exchange 2013 to their customers.

Why is it so important to offer the latest releases first?

To offer a reseller perspective on why it’s important for solutions providers, MSPs and VARs to add Microsoft Exchange 2013 to their portfolios now, Mathieu Leblanc, SherWeb’s Director of Strategic Partners sat down with Jan Folmer, President and Founder of SyncMyMail, one of SherWeb’s more successful partners.

Jan makes the case for early adoption pretty clear. See why…

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Once again, we come out on top.

Today, as a renowned hosted services provider, we reaffirmed our position as a leader in the cloud industry by being the very first in the world to release Hosted Exchange 2013, the latest version of the Microsoft email and collaboration service. In fact, we already have users live on our new solution and the first Exchange 2013 email has been sent!

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