Macs discover AutoDiscover: Exchange Server Support in Snow Leopard

by Bharat Suneja

Apple’s iPhone and new Mac hardware announcements are certainly going to get a lot more airplay today, but there’s something Exchange users (who use Macs) will welcome. Snow Leopard, Apple’s forthcoming Mac OS upgrade adds Exchange Server support to the Mac.

From Phil Schiller’s keynote at Apple’s WWDC 2009, the following screenshot (courtesy Engadget) shows support for Exchange 2007’s AutoDiscover web service, used to automatically configure Exchange clients such as Outlook 2007, and discover other Exchange services.

Recipients in the Global Address List (GAL) show up in the Address Book.

You can also drag a contact and drop in the Calendar to schedule a meeting. Of course, Windows/Outlook users have been used to this functionality for a while.

More details as they’re made public, although if you don’t want to wait for Snow Leopard to arrive, take a look at Exchange Server features supported by Entourage 2008, the equivalent of Microsoft Outlook for the Mac, and a part of Office 2008 for Mac.

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