Microsoft improves Exchange sync in new Entourage Beta

Microsoft improves Exchange sync in new Entourage Beta

Summary: Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit released a beta version of its Entourage for Exchange Web Services, which now lets Mac users sync categories, tasks and notes just like their Windows cousins have for years.

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Macs to gain smart card-based login to Active DirectoryOver the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit released a beta version of its Entourage for Exchange Web Services, which now lets Mac users sync categories, tasks and notes just like their Windows cousins have for years.

But it's wrong of me to whine, when the result is good news for Mac users in the enterprise.

Since the version supports Exchange Web Services  instead of WebDAV, it can grab necessary information over HTTP, such as names in the Global Address List, without having to connect with a VPN.

According to the Mac BU blog post by Mike Tedesco, users should only connect to servers running Exchange Server 2007 with Service Pack 1 with Update Rollup 4 or later. And there's a warning:

(Caution: If you are using earlier versions of Exchange Server with Entourage, we recommend that you do not install this beta edition of Entourage for Exchange Web Services.)

In addition, he says that the Entourage for Exchange Web Services Beta should only be installed with Office 2008 for Mac Standard or Special Media Edition (and making sure that all of their latest updates are done beforehand). Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition are not supported it appears and "users should not install the Entourage for Exchange Web Services beta."

Here's a further bit of the post:

While the Exchange Web Services component was being developed, our Entourage team was busy rebuilding the core of the Entourage client to utilize the Exchange Web Services. In fact, they were able to get a couple of features into the current Entourage 2008 for Mac release. If you are currently connecting your Entourage 2008 for Mac client to an Exchange Server 2007, the “Out of Office Assistant” and “Delegation” features are utilizing Exchange Web Services.

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  • It's about time! Mac users have only been asking for at least 10 years!

    And the only reason why MS is just now adding these
    features is because Apple is adding them to Mail, Address
    Book, and iCal. No way were they going to let Apple out do
    them at their own game, if they didn't, it would put Office for
    the Mac at a definite disadvantage. Typical of MS though,
    they only add features when somebody else adds it, until
    then they sit on their collective behinds. Just look at Internet
    Explorer and Vista.
    Axsimulate
    • Incorrect

      They are adding it because of the Exchange 2007 Web Services. Since Macs don't support RPC or RPC over HTTP it had to use a different method of sync'ing information. Web Services were added to allow Outlook to function remotely and securely without a VPN or RPC over HTTP. The Entourage team simply took advantage of it. Sorry they didn't rewrite Exchange for the Macs...
      LiquidLearner
      • RE: Incorrect

        "They are adding it because of the Exchange 2007 Web Services. Since Macs don't support RPC or RPC over HTTP it had to use a different method of sync'ing information."


        You are incorrect. OS X does support RPC.

        http://developer.apple.com/search.php?q=web%20rpc&num=10&site=default_collection&

        They don't support MSRPC which is proprietary to Microsoft
        Axsimulate