Ability to manage Exchange Online without the requirement to have Exchange on-premise
If a company has users on-premise in AD but mailboxes in Exchange Online, the requirement to keep an Exchange server on-premises to manage Exchange related objects should be done away with. This keeps complexity in the email environment, requires on-premise system resources to support, requires SSL renewal (if hybrid relationship is enabled) and is another point of failure.
We would like to see a way to manage the Exchange Online environment without their being a necessity to maintain the on-prem Exchange server.
I agree 100%! Hybrid is a stop gap and should be treated as such, no one starts a hybrid setup with the plan that they would like to keep all of the old servers around forever. Im finding posts back to 2014 where people are asking to turn off their exchange servers. If your hybrid setup is connected through on premise AD (Non-exchange) servers then what is the hold up? I can make a user in AD, then make them a mailbox in office 365 and I can manage them in office 365 no problem, but if they used to be on exchange then too bad for me? even if I had to manually "Convert" my users to act like the new accounts do, that would be acceptable and probably not that hard for Microsoft to program in.