Entourage for Exchange Web Services Beta is Live!

Posted by sumeethevans on January 21 2009, 4:16 AM. Posted in Exchange, Mac.

Say hello to Exchange Web Services; The future of Entourage!    I’m excited to tell you about the future for Entourage connectivity to Exchange Server! We’ve transitioned away from WebDAV, and today we are announcing the public beta of the Entourage for Exchange Web Services client. With this new client, not only are we taking advantage of the Exchange Web Services connectivity, but we are also delivering some new user features such as:
  • Tasks, Notes, and Categories now sync with the Exchange Server     
  • Resolving names against the Global Address List now works via EWS/HTTP. This means you no longer need to be connected to your corporate network via VPN to resolve names when addressing an e-mail or meeting invitation     
  • Improved Autodiscover. In Entourage for Exchange Web Services Beta, the Autodiscover service keeps user account settings up-to-date after the account setup.      • It runs in the background every time that you start Entourage.      • It also runs at a server-defined interval, typically every hour, to make sure that the Exchange Server settings are always kept up-to-date
Since Entourage began connecting to Exchange Server over 5 years ago, we have used the WebDAV protocol to connect to mailbox data. What you may or may not know is that with this implementation, the bulk of the work being done resides with the Entourage client. Obviously, we’d rather let Exchange Server do what it does best and shoulder more of the load. Well, when the Exchange Server team began working on Exchange Server 2007, they developed a new piece of technology called the “Business Logic Layer” that does just this; A server-side component that allows different clients to connect to the Exchange Server in a consistent way, letting the server to do the bulk of the workload.

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