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Snow Leopard launches support for Microsoft Exchange

by Tim Attwood on August 28, 2009

Snow Leopard

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 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 Hosted Exchange email address and password…

Snow Leopard Exchange Setup

And AutoDiscover does the rest for you… You can even set up Address Book and iCal at the same time.

Snow Leopard Exchange Setup

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.

Snow Leopard Exchange Setup iCal Address Book

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.


Tim Attwood
Product Manager


Joe Rice September 1, 2009 at 3:07 AM

What about exchange 2003


Tim Attwood September 2, 2009 at 8:01 AM

As I recall, AutoDiscover is a feature of Exchange 2007. You can most likely add your Exchange 2003 account on your Snow Leopard Mac but you will have to configure it manually.

Currently all of our Mobile Email and Hosted Exchange Email services are on Exchange 2007. If you’d like to upgrade your Exchange 2003 service you could sign up for an account with us! :)

Sean Combs September 2, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Snow Leopards!

David Colville September 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM

The “Exchange” server support in Snow Leopard requires Exchange Web Services, which is only available in Exchange Server 2007, SP1 (Update Rollup 4), so Exchange 2003 support is not going to come from Apple at any time.

This doesn’t affect Mail2Web who are hosting Exchange 2007 Services anyway.

Tim Attwood September 16, 2009 at 7:52 AM

Thanks for correcting, David!

mike November 1, 2009 at 3:54 PM

I’ve heard there are some wildlife groups trying to get Apple to do more stuff with the actual S.L.’s lol. I don’t know- people are saying it’s good PR for Apple- they should jump on that.

Bill P December 14, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Support for Exch 2003 I’m sad to say is just as limited as Entourage 2008. Just mail, calendar and address book. No notes or tasks. You have to connect via IMAP to sync it.

I’m thinking of upgrading to Exch 7 for the sync ability of notes and tasks.

Grant Robins January 13, 2010 at 6:23 AM

Good old microsoft..What more can you say :)

RAK Freezone February 22, 2010 at 4:02 AM

As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me.

TeamTimmy January 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Apple does a good job of making their setups easy, so you can get going with a new program or device as soon as possible.

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