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.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 http://macintosh.eweek.com for the latest in news, reviews and analysis about Apple in the enterprise. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Macintosh news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
Entourage can automatically detect server information to ease setup, and it supports delegate access to Exchange, meaning that another, authorized usersuch as an executive assistantcan access and manage someone elses e-mail and calendar, according to Microsoft.