It's a busy time in the document management world. The Microsoft Exchange Conference returns after 10 years as Microsoft gears up for the new Office 2013 release, HP uses Autonomy’s IDOL for information governance, AvePoint offers governance in SharePoint, FileTrail extends SharePoint’s records management, and Alfresco releases a new synching tool for enterprises.

Microsoft’s Exchange 2013 Features

There are a number of conferences on, but one of the more interesting ones is the Microsoft Exchange Conference, which makes its return after a 10-year absence.

It’s not really surprising that it should reappear now, given the developments around Office 2013 and Office 365, but this is specifically about Exchange. So far, with only one day of talks over, the whole emphasis has been on the new features that are due to come in Exchange Server 2013, as well as those that will appear in Exchange Online and Office 365.

In an Office blog post published this week Harv Bhela, General Manager for Exchange Program Management with Microsoft outlines some of his thoughts on it, and talks about some of the features that will appear in both online and on-premises versions of Exchange (even if these are well known already).

Little in relation to this will be much of a surprise, as the public beta was released in July and the private beta earlier in the year.

The first day of the conference focused on the security and compliance features that will come with Exchange.

According to Bhela, the data protection and archiving features look to take Exchange into the Big Data world. Some of the features that aim to do this include:

  • Cloud-based email security with Exchange Online Protection
  • Monitoring, protection and identification of sensitive data with Data Loss Prevention technology
  • Email archiving, hold and native data governance
  • New e-Discovery tools to locate information
  • Integration with SharePoint and collaboration with site mailboxes

Meanwhile, Microsoft (for some reason) still won’t confirm release dates for Office 2013 or Exchange Server 2013, but a good guess is Spring 2013. If you’re interested in more on the Exchange conference in Orlando, check it out here.

HP’s Information Governance with IDOL

One of the more interesting announcements this week is the one from HP about the use of Autonomy’s IDOL in the management of structured and unstructured data.