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MS Office 2004 SP2 updates Entourage 2004, more

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Tue September 20, 2005

MS Office 2004SP2 released

Microsoft's (SP2). The update brings significant enhancements to enterprise collaboration with new features to boost Microsoft Exchange Server support in Entourage 2004. In addition, SP2 provides updates across all Office 2004 for Mac applications to help improve overall product security and address top issues identified by Microsoft and its Mac users. [updated: now available published at 9:05 am ET]

"As a longtime Microsoft customer, we consistently have a positive experience with Mac BU products and were eager to test the Office 2004 for Mac SP2 beta," said Joe Stevano, senior systems administrator for Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. "Our day-to-day operations depend on seamless collaboration throughout the organization, so we held off on switching to Entourage because we needed a more robust Exchange Server e-mail client for Macs. We've benefited from the improved Exchange support in SP2 over the past couple of months, and the last barrier to a full Entourage deployment has been removed. We'll soon make Entourage the default e-mail and calendar application for all of our Mac users."

SP2 expands on the Exchange Server functionality built into Entourage 2004 to deliver improved support and help provide Mac users in an Exchange Server environment. Microsoft said the update offers improvements that help enable better e-mail and calendar management, enhanced public folder support, and faster client-server synchronization. Users also can experience improved access to the Global Address List (GAL), including the ability to browse the entire contents of the GAL and see full organizational detail. In addition, enhanced delegate access enables new setup entirely through Entourage without having to go through the Outlook client on a PC.

In addition, the Mac BU said that SP2 also includes cumulative security updates and prioritized fixes for issues identified by Microsoft and through customer feedback. "The Mac BU monitors and receives customer feedback through customer support calls and tools such as Microsoft Error Reporting Protocol, which provides bug data anonymously."

SP2 is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish. Customers will be notified and may download SP2 via Microsoft AutoUpdate beginning later today, or can download it from Mactopia, the company's Mac-centric portal.

The enhancements to Exchange Server support for Entourage 2004 are compatible with Exchange 2000 and higher. Some organizations working in an Exchange Server environment may require the deployment of Update for Exchange 2003 (KB 888619) or Update for Exchange 2000 (KB 892896), both of which are available from Microsoft AutoUpdate or from the Microsoft Download Center.




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  1. ronjamin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not on MS AutoUpdate

    This update isnt yet available via the Microsoft AutoUpdate.

  1. bketelsen

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not available

    It's not available via regular download from their site, either. Shame... I could really use some Entourage updating.

  1. wjdennen

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    later today

    you may have missed this part of the story:

    available later today.

  1. ckohler

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Eagerly Awaiting

    The public calendar sharing and direct GAL access are both huge features I've been waiting for. I also hope they have a setting to disable that damn annoying Progress window.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    see, there's the diff...

    Typical MS announcement: "The Mac BU monitors and receives customer feedback through customer support calls and tools such as Microsoft Error Reporting Protocol, which provides bug data anonymously."

    Typical Apple: "A lot of you told us you wanted folders of playlists, and we got'em, they work great!"

  1. andrewhicks

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    its the 11.1.1 update

    On the website : http://www.microsoft.com/mac/

  1. wjdennen

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    11.1.1

    Microsoft Office 2004 - 11.1.1 came out in March.

  1. e2Sync

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    To sync with AddressBook

    Still no AddressBook syncing unless you use e2Sync. http://www.e2sync.com

    Disclosure: I'm from e2Sync.

  1. eggman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Spotlight

    I guess we'll be waiting forever for Entourage to support Spotlight. I remember that when Tiger came out, Microsoft mentioned that support would be forthcoming 'in a few months'.

    Between lack of Spotlight support... and wanting to transfer my calendar and contacts to my iPod Nano, I'm increasingly tempted to move from Entourage to Mail.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    waiting

    This is a long needed update. I was told it would be out by the start of the school year. Better late then never.

    I've been tempted to move to Mail as well. Mail has it's own problems though. Entourage is still a good choice for enterprise. Although Apple is supposed to be working on a better Mail server in the upcoming months. I've very anxious to see their result. I think it's based on the hula project.

    http://www.hula-project.org/Hula_Server

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