As usual, the Microsoft Exchange roadmap depends on who you ask and when...

Microsoft is still hazy on what direction future features in Exchange Server will take.

Exchange Server 2007 is set to launch this month. Although many had thought Microsoft would have committed by now to some new capabilities in the next iteration of Exchange -- expected in 2010 -- executives at the company have been ambiguous.  ...

In the past Microsoft had planned to include a new data store in an upcoming version of Exchange. But that may not be necessary, said Dave Thompson, corporate vice president for the Exchange Server Group at Microsoft. Some of the issues IT managers had as far as being able to manipulate the JET data store have been addressed in Exchange 2007 through a 64-bit version of JET and web services APIs, Thompson said.

That is not to say they are ruling out replacing the data store at some point, he added.  ...

As for public folders, Thompson said Microsoft has not decided whether it will continue them in future versions of Exchange or not. This contradicts statements made by Terry Myerson, general manager of the Exchange Server team, who recently said public folders will likely remain.
This all coming from an organization where, years ago, they held out their roadmap as a reason customers should choose Exchange.

Link: SearchWinIT: Microsoft flip-flopping on future Exchange features > (Thanks, JP)

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