Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition

November 22, 2009

Microsoft recently updated Entourage 2008, releasing the Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition update, a small but noteworthy update that moves Entourage’s feature set a few steps closer to Outlook. The Web Services update abandons WebDAV in favor of the Web Services protocol for all communication with Exchange servers.

According to Microsoft, Exchange Web Services offers a “more robust feature set” and supports an Out of Office Assistant, logging, and improved Autodiscover and synchronization services. Stability and compatibility between email clients is improved by shifting responsibilities from client applications to the server.

System Requirements:
  • Intel, PPC G5 or PPC G4 processor (500MHz & higher)
  • 512MB of RAM
  • OS X 10.4.9 or later
  • 1.5GB of free hard drive space
  • Microsoft Office SP2 (12.2.0) or higher
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 with Connectivity to Update Rollup 4 or higher (Mailbox & Client Access servers)

NOTE: The Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition is NOT compatible with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or earlier. If access to earlier versions of Microsoft Exchange Server is required, do not apply the Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition update.


A comparison of features offered by WebDAV and Web Services:

Function Entourage 2008(Uses WebDAV and Exchange Web Services) Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition
Provides logic for calendaring (such as handling meeting and calendar events) on the server Feature not included Feature Included
Synchronizes tasks with the Exchange server Feature not included Feature Included
Synchronizes notes with the Exchange server Feature not included Feature Included
Synchronizes categories with the Exchange server Feature not included Feature Included
Includes interoperability with Exchange server business logic Feature not included Feature Included
Provides GAL details Feature not included Feature Included
Enables meeting attachments Feature not included Feature Included
Provides logging Feature not included Feature Included
Enables Autodiscover service for hosted accounts Feature not included Feature Included
Synchronizes contacts with Exchange server Feature Included Feature Included
Enables implementation of corporate archival policies by using managed folders Feature Included Feature Included
Exposes attendee free/busy information Feature Included Feature Included
Enables delegate management (such as setting on-behalf rights) Feature Included Feature Included
Enables delegate access Feature Included Feature Included
Provides additional out-of-office settings, such as separate internal and external out-of-office messages Feature Included Feature Included
Provides access to Exchange server over HTTP Feature Included Feature Included
Synchronizes folders and items Feature Included Feature Included
Enables proxy auto-config (.pac) files Feature Included Feature Included
Resolves ambiguous names Feature Included Feature Included
Enables meeting reminders Feature Included Feature Included
Provides public folder support Feature Included Feature Included
Enables Spotlight search Feature Included Feature Included
Supports integrated Windows (Kerberos and NTLM) authentication and client certificate-based authentication

Feature Included Feature is included Feature not included Feature is not included

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