Exchange 2013 went RTM\GOLD yesterday on 10/11/12 day 🙂
For the official announcement check out the EHLO blog post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/10/11/the-new-exchange-reaches-rtm.aspx
This blog post contains 15+ links to articles that the Exchange team has created over the last several months on Exchange 2013.
For my summary on what’s New & Cool in Exchange 2013 see my blog post here: https://blog.jasonsherry.net/2012/07/31/new_cool_exchange_2013/
Volume licensing customers should be able to download it in mid-November. In addition, Office, SharePoint, and Lync 2013 have also gone gold\RTM. See the Office team’s blog post on that here: http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2012/10/11/office-reaches-rtm.aspx
But for those clients using Exchange 2010 you will need to wait until “the first half of calendar year 2013” since Exchange 2010 SP3 is required to co-exist with Exchange 2013 but SP3 won’t be released until then. #FAIL 😦 See this EHLO blog post on Exchange 2010 SP3: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/09/25/announcing-exchange-2010-service-pack-3.aspx. Luckily I have access to the beta version of SP3 and will install it, upgrade to 2013, and then retire 2010 before SP3 goes gold\RTM.
Is that 2010 SP3 beta public?
1st half of 2013 😦 The Exchange community is disappointed it’s not out now.
I haven’t heard of a public beta either, only TAP & MVPs have access that I know of.
anyway to get access to a copy of this service pack 😉
Only Exchange TAP (Technology Adoption Program), MVPs, & MCAs have access to the beta currently. All of us are under NDAs and can’t share the bits or info about them, until MS makes them public.