What is the Microsoft Exchange client?

    Exchange is a Microsoft multi-purpose messaging product. The version 4 (or later) application, which you could install on a Windows or Macintosh workstation, was the Exchange client. You could use the Exchange client to read, write, and manage e-mail. It handled mail from other sources (e.g., POP3 mail) and managed other kinds of messaging (e.g., faxes and CompuServe mail).

    The version of Exchange that shipped with the first release of Windows 95 was later renamed Windows Messaging on Windows 95 OSR2. For more information on Windows Messaging, see the Knowledge Base document What is Microsoft Windows Messaging?

    Exchange version 4 (or later) was designed to work with the Exchange Server. The latest Exchange client is named Outlook and was released with Microsoft Office 97. For more information, see the Knowledge Base document What is Microsoft Outlook? Versions of the Exchange client exist for Windows 95, Windows 3.1, Windows NT, and the Macintosh. Windows versions of Exchange can also be integrated with Microsoft Schedule+, a calendar and scheduling program. In the Macintosh version, these programs are already integrated.

    Exchange clients also allow you to work off-line: reading, answering, and managing e-mail while your computer is disconnected from the network. The next time you connect, the Exchange client will receive new mail and send accumulated outgoing mail through the Exchange Server, Internet Mail, or whatever services you set it up to use. The central Exchange server hosts mailboxes, public folders, and Microsoft Schedule+ records. For more information on the Exchange server at IU Bloomington, see the Knowledge Base document What version of Microsoft Exchange Server does IU use?

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