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Supported Features

Once you have Exchange set up on your Mac, you can use most of the Outlook features that you are accustomed to using on a PC. Here's what you can do.

In Mail, Snow Leopard supports the following Exchange tasks:

  • Specify plain text or HTML as the format for email messages that you send or receive
  • Create mail folders to organize messages
  • Manage event invitations from the Inbox
  • Use the Autocomplete feature to complete email addresses from all Exchange sources (Global Address List, contact folders, and distribution lists)
  • Set message priorities
  • Manage quota limits
  • Access email when you are offline

In iCal, you can perform the following Exchange tasks:

  • View and edit Exchange calendar events
  • Create multiple calendars to organize your events
  • Send and receive event/meeting invitations
  • Use free/busy availability information to schedule meetings
  • Use Auto Pick to find the earliest time available for attendees
  • Delegate your calendar to other users
  • Book rooms and resources
  • Add reminder alarms to events
  • Attach files to events
  • Use the Autocomplete feature to specify event attendees and resources from all Exchange sources (Global Address List, contact folders, and distribution lists)
  • Access Exchange calendars, events, and tasks when you are offline

Snow Leopard supports the following Exchange Notes and Tasks features:

  • View and edit Exchange tasks in iCal
  • Assign a due date, priority, and reminder alarm to a task
  • Mark a task as completed
  • View and edit Exchange notes
  • View Exchange notes in the Inbox

In Address Book, Snow Leopard supports the following Exchange tasks:

  • View and edit Exchange contacts
  • Create folders to organize contacts
  • Search the Global Address List
  • Copy Global Address List contacts to contact folders
  • Drag contacts to iCal to create meetings
  • Access contacts when you are offline

As you can see from this long list of features, Snow Leopard's support of Exchange is robust. But be advised that Snow Leopard doesn't support every feature of Exchange Server.

If you are a true Outlook power user, and you find that there is something not supported by Snow Leopard that you just can't do without, then wait for Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac.

In this new version, the true Outlook with all Exchange services replaces Entourage. Of course, if you still want to use Mac Mail, iCal, and Address Book, you're back to the same problem of using two programs for everything.

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