Apple Online Store“Apple’s Snow Leopard release, known as Mac OS X 10.6, is impressive. Snow Leopard’s business improvements are simply outstanding. Newfound compatibility with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 makes the operating system more than enterprise ready, it makes Snow Leopard enterprise friendly,” Erik Eckel reports for TechRepublic.

“Recent reports list Microsoft Exchange market share as high as 65 percent. That’s a lot of organizations tapping Exchange for critical messaging, calendaring, and contacts functionality, and it’s why Apple’s superior client-side applications should be such big news,” Eckel reports. “The simplicity, usability, and reliability of Mac Mail 4, iCal 4, and Address Book 5, combined with newfound Exchange compatibility, make a compelling partnership.”

“Using Snow Leopard, accessing and synchronizing a user’s email, tasks, calendar items, and contacts have never been easier,” Eckel reports. “Mac OS X 10.6 makes the formerly challenging process, which sometimes stressed even the most veteran of Windows administrators, simple. Some of the credit goes to Microsoft. The Exchange Web Services (EWS) protocol serves as the critical link in enabling secure synchronization between Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 systems and Snow Leopard-powered Macs.”

Maximize Snow Leopard/Exchange deployments by keeping these three tips in mind:
1. EWS is the key
2. iCal and Address Book synchronization is automatic
3. Tasks live within Mac Mail and iCal

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