With today’s launch of Snow Leopard, the updated version of Mac OS X, Apple has included a number of improvements, including the highly touted out-of-the-box Exchange support. This includes Exchange support within it’s native applications, including Mail, Address Book and iCal.
Previous versions of Mail have included support for Microsoft Exchange, allowing you to connect to your mail2web Mobile Email Pro account or myhosting.com Hosted Exchange Email using WebDAV integration. This release provides improved Exchange support within Mail by using Exchange Web Services (EWS) integration. This allows for full Email, Notes and Task support within Mail, Contact List and Global Address List support within Address Book, and and Calendar synchronization within iCal.
This raises the bar for Mac OS X, matching a number of the improvements recently released with the Entourage Web Services Edition upgrade and taking it one step further. This now gives Hosted Exchange users a choice to use the tools they are most familiar, be it the built in Mac applications, or the Microsoft Office suite which includes Entourage.
And best of all, setup is a breeze. Using AutoDiscover, you can enter your mail2web Mobile Email Pro or myhosting.com Hosted Exchange email address and password…
And AutoDiscover does the rest for you… You can even set up Address Book and iCal at the same time.
Since it uses EWS, you may need to edit your account preferences to set your Address Book or iCal to refresh “Automatically” or at some other interval.
Microsoft Exchange account setup has never been easier.
After setting up your account you can access your email, notes and tasks from Mail, you can view your Contacts Lists and even search the Global Address list, and access your Calendar items, appointments and events from iCal.
How has your Snow Leopard experience been so far? We welcome your feedback on the new Exchange Support in our comments section.