Microsoft Exchange provides an integrated email, calendaring, and messaging environment. It is very interoperable with other software and systems and interfaces well with mobile devices. Aside from a robust email client (Outlook - PC, Entourage - MAC) which runs locally on your PC, Exchange web mail uses Outlook Web Access (OWA) which is one of the best webmail interfaces in the industry. OWA is almost as fully functional as Outlook and Entourage.
Also, by default, all faculty and staff will have access to the Outlook calendaring system which is integrated with the email clients. Therefore, all employees will have access to a unified calendaring system that can be used for individual, departmental, or university-wide scheduling. Exchange talks to your mobile device as well or better than anything on the market. We can give instructions for migrating your personal devices to Exchange.
Email Space - one of our goals is to provide substantially more space than is available on our current email system. Users must still manage their email space wisely, but more space will help.