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Goodbye Entourage, Hello Outlook for Mac

Well, it was bound to happen! During a press call today, the Microsoft Business Unit announced that they are working on a version of Microsoft Outlook for Mac OS X. The news comes in tandem with Microsoft providing further details about the next major release of Office for Mac.

Microsoft's Business Unit says the new application, which will replace Entourage when it is released in 2010, will contain a number of great features that will allow "increased productivity across platforms." Some of the highlights include:
  • Built on Cocoa. The application is being constructed from the ground up on Cocoa to make integrating with Mac OS a lot easier.
  • New Database. A high speed file-based database with support for backing up files with Time Machine and Spotlight searching.
  • Information Rights Management. Helps prevent sensitive information from being distributed to or read by people who do not have permission.
Outlook for Mac is being built on top of the features released today in the Entourage Web Services Edition including faster syncing and more support for Exchange servers. (If you're a current Entourage user, you can download the Web Services Edition here.)

With the release of OS X 10.6 right around the corner and promising native support for Exchange servers, it's funny to see Microsoft finally waking up and realizing they have got to do something to stay competitive.

Tags: cocoa, entourage, microsoft, outlook

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