I’ve been soo busy this week that I haven’t even had the time to enjoy some of the wonderful things the press are saying about Office 2004. I worked on Entourage 2004 for about 16 months before moving on to Virtual PC. I just saw this review in PC Magazine and it had this wonderful paragraph
Entourage’s main competition comes from Apple’s own Mail, Address Book, and iCal apps, which are preloaded on every new Mac. While the price is right, Entourage’s various utilities are so thorough and well integrated that it puts Apple’s efforts a distant second in quality.
I couldn’t be happier about that. I am really proud of this release, and of the people that made it all happen. One of the things I spent about 6 months working on is the S/MIME v3 support that we added to Entourage. This was a huge undertaking for us and I had an amazing developer and tester working on it with me. Getting my head wrapped around PKI, X.509 and S/MIME took a very long time, and trying to design a simple solution to meet the needs of our users took even longer. I’m happy that our users can now send secure encrypted/signed e-mail.
Another feature I worked on was the DAV Mail replication that we added to replace our IMAP Mail solution for Exchange. Entourage 2004 has a local sync model just like cached exchange in Outlook 2003.
But my favorite feature of Entourage 2004 is the three column view that Dennis designed (based on Outlook 2003’s implementation).