updated 12:05 am EDT, Thu September 6, 2007
Entourage 2008 gets 'OOF'
As part of teaser campaign leading to the Office 2008 launch, Microsoft has announced new features that it will add to Entourage 2008, including new direct access to "Out of Office" ("OOF") features and improved Exchange support in Entourage. The company said that Office 2008, recently delayed until January of 2008, has updated Exchange support as well as will offer improved calendaring support. "We've worked closely with enterprise customers to prioritize features and improvements in Entourage 2008," the company wrote in its corporate blog. "As well, we have established an unprecedented level of collaboration between the Entourage team and the Exchange team, and we will continue to invest in strengthening that relationship to ensure that future versions of Entourage work great with Exchange."
The Mac BU said it is committed to delivering a world class Exchange client that delivers on enterprise customer needs in Office 2008 and beyond, including connectivity for Office for Mac with other enterprise level technologies.
Microsoft's upcoming OOF features in Office 2008 will allow any user to configure his Exchange account to automatically reply to incoming messages with a quick note telling the sender that he is not able to respond because he is currently out of the office. Currently, customers must login into Outlook Web Access to both turn on the feature as well as turn off the feature when he signs back on to his account.
Entourage 2008, part of the next-generation Office 2008, will offer the ability to configure "Out of Office" settings without from within the (Universal) application. It will offer option to send separate replies based on who sent you a message and the ability to set begin and end dates for the message. The updated software uses web services to communicate with the server--much the same way Outlook 2007 does. Exchange 2000 and 2003 servers will offer basic functionality; however, the more advanced features under "more options" will not be available.
Microsoft also said it would provide an updated Office Resource Kit as part of its updates for Office 2008 and promised more Entourage-specific articles on TechNet, its public online documentation area.
More information is available on the company's blog.