There is a major update for Exchange Server 2013 – a Service Pack 1 which has been released. The Exchange Server SP 1 brings compatibility with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft AD 2012. Check out the Release notes before installing in production as there are some gotchas and AD schema needs to be prepared.
SP1 provides enhancements improving security and compliance capabilities in Exchange Server 2013. This includes improvements in the Data Loss Prevention (DLP) feature and the return of S/MIME encryption for Outlook Web App users.
Enhanced Text Editor for OWA is part of the SP1, and there are also some new features:
- Enhanced text editor for OWA – OWA now uses the same rich text editor as SharePoint, thereby improving the user experience, and enabling several new formatting and composition capabilities that you expect from modern Web application – more pasting options, rich previews to linked content, and the ability to create and modify tables.
- Apps for Office in Compose – (see screenshot from Technet blog).
The final build number for Exchange Server 2013 SP1 is 15.00.0847.032. Exchange Server 2013 and SharePoint 2013 customers can download SP1 at the Microsoft download center.
If you attempt to install Exchange 2013 without .NET Framework installed on the computer, Setup incorrectly requests that you install .NET Framework 4.0 when, in fact, .NET Framework 4.5 is required.
To work around this issue, install .NET Framework 4.5. You don’t need to install .NET Framework 4.0. For a complete list of prerequisites, see Exchange 2013 Prerequisites.
You should also check whether your users runs Outlook 207 or Outlook 2012 as Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 clients may be unable to download the Offline Address Book. If the Offline Address Book (OAB) internal URL isn’t accessible from the Internet, Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 clients may be unable to download the OAB.
To work around this issue for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 clients, make the OAB internal URL accessible from the Internet.