The headline is actually somewhat inflammatory versus the article, but the point is there--Exchange 12 will be more difficult to architect and administer than current Exchange releases.  It's explained away as "pain for gain", but why?  All the great new administration features in Notes/Domino 7 were delivered in a simplified interface, with a significant number of administrative functions available via any web browser.

Also on the negative side are the answers the Exchange team are giving to questions about how customers will have to deploy all of this new technology. One of the things Exchange 2003 administrators most want to know is how they take their front- and back-end Exchange architecture and move this over to Exchange 12.

They also want to know what the co-existence strategy is with Exchange 12 and Exchange 2003, and exactly what new skills they will have to learn. Some, while pleased they have the new Monad scripting shell to leverage, still want to know what it will cost them to get up to speed on that.

Microsoft's response has been that it will give administrators a GUI as well, but that will be different from the one found in Exchange 2003, one source told eWEEK.
The article also discusses a change in Exchange public folders -- no longer accessible via Outlook Web Access.  What's that you say about backward compatibility?  Oh, I don't want to get into a pissing match.

Link: eWeek: Exchange 12 migrations come at a hefty price > (Thanks, Wild Bill)

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