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By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-19 Print this article Print

Still missing is an e-mail client that fully integrates with Microsoft Exchange server. Microsoft stopped developing its Outlook client for Mac with Outlook 2001. Starman said the Exchange integration is a priority but could not say when it will occur. However, Office for Mac 2004 does provide some improvements in the way the Entourage e-mail client interacts with Exchange, she said.
Entourage can automatically detect server information to ease setup, and it supports delegate access to Exchange, meaning that another, authorized user—such as an executive assistant—can access and manage someone elses e-mail and calendar, according to Microsoft.
For Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft is offering a 30-day trial version it calls Office 2004 Test Drive. In the fall, Apple Computer Inc. has agreed to preload the trial version of Office 2004 on Macs, Starman said. Pricing for Office 2004 is $399 for the standard edition ($239 for an upgrade) and $149 for the student and teacher editions. The English and Japanese versions will be available first, with versions for other languages following in June. Check out eWEEK.coms Macintosh Center at for the latest in news, reviews and analysis about Apple in the enterprise. Be sure to add our Macintosh news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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