Microsoft has made public the documentation associated with the protocols used in the next iteration of Exchange Server. Companies and developers looking to bridge third-party communication products with the successor of Exchange Server 2007 can now access the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta Protocol Documentation
via the Microsoft Download Center for free. What the Redmond company is essentially offering with the resources is the keys to the technical specifications for all the proprietary protocols deployed by Exchange Server in order to communicate with other products from
the software giant.
“The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Protocol technical documentation set provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standards or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. This allows the user to interoperate or communicate natively with Microsoft Office client and other server products,” Microsoft explained.
The Redmond company has already started serving Exchange Server 2010 to testers. Although an integral part of the Office 2010 System product lineup, Exchange Server 2010
was released for public testing earlier this year, and not concomitantly with the July 2009 technical Preview of the successor of Office 2007. In fact, testers have been able to get their hands on the first public Beta for Exchange Server 2010 since mid-April 2009. The Exchange Server 2010 Beta protocol documentation can be downloaded item per item, or as a packaged .ZIP archive that contains all the materials.
“The documentation is designed to describe each protocol in detail as it is used by the Microsoft Exchange Server. Each protocol specification documents the technical requirements, limitations, dependencies, and Microsoft-specific protocol behavior. The documentation set includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information,” Microsoft added.
Exchange Server 2010 Public Beta is available for download here