The new Entourage Web Services (EWS) public beta went live yesterday. You can review all of the product details and minimum requirements here on the official EWS beta site.
Entourage for Exchange Web Services has been completely redesigned for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 with Update Rollup 4 or later.
Experience tighter integration between Entourage and Microsoft® Exchange Server and greater parity between Entourage and Outlook with Microsoft Entourage for Exchange Web Services Beta. Entourage now uses Exchange Web Services instead of WebDAV for better compatibility, performance and reliability. Exchange Web Services is a modern, robust protocol that enables client applications to communicate more efficiently with the server running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 with Update Rollup 4 or later.
The update offers performance improvements to e-mail and calendaring; synchronization for tasks, notes and categories, and Autodiscovery. These improvements represent a critical step in the Macintosh Business Unit’s long-term commitment to deliver Microsoft software and services across platforms that helps people work smarter, faster, and better with greater choice and flexibility.
Some highlights from the new and improved Entourage for Exchange Web Services:
- Enhanced Autodiscover service to keep user account settings up to date after the account setup.
- Synchronization between Exchange Server and Entourage 2008 Notes, Tasks, and Categories.
- Addition of an Enable Logging (troubleshooting) preference, to log all events that can be used as diagnostic information.
- Use of attachments in Entourage for Exchange calendar events.
To apply for the Entourage for Exchange Web Services beta, you must meet the minimum Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 with Update Rollup 4 requirements (see more information here). If you do, click here to apply.