Office for Mac 2001: Frequently Asked Questions
- Does Entourage 2001 support encrypted e-mail? (This is one of the few things that Netscape does, which OE 5 doesn’t.)
- Does the calendar synchronize with a Palm?
- Does the calendar have pop-up reminders?
- What is the Office QuickView app?
- Does the new Office 2001 support Microsoft Exchange Server? I hope so–just got a Mac at our office, which is totally Windows NT based, and I would like to access my mail via the server.
- I heard that Microsoft did away with sound sets in this new Office mail client. True?
- What are the system requirements?
- Is it carbonized?
- Is there a way to access my address book from the Desktop (through a CSM or menu bar extension)?
1. I’m curious, does Entourage 2001 support encrypted e-mail?(This is one of the few things that Netscape does, which OE 5 doesn’t.)
No, however you can setup a secure connection to a mail or news server. The bestoption if you want to send and receive encrypted mail is to download PGP 6.5.8 (thestandard for encryption). PGP integrates very easily with Entourage and is widelyused.
2. Does the calendar synchronize with a Palm?
Yes. Entourage will copy tasks,appointments, calender events, and notes to a Palm.You must have Palm Desktop installed with the Entourage conduit to use this feature.
3. Does the calendar have pop-up reminders?
Yes. Both the calendar and the to-do list will remind you (assuming Entourageis open) about an upcoming task of event. If Entourage is not the active application,it will beep and flash in the menu bar to try to get your attention.
4. Did your copy of the Office 2001 GM include the Office QuickView application?
When it is officially released (or sometime around then) you should be able to download Office QuickView which will give you a CSM that will allow you to open your address book without Entourage running (you can also open your address book from within Word). It will not, unfortunately allow you to add a few key phone numbers to a list like Instant Desktop.
5. Does the new Office 2001 support Microsoft Exchange Server? I hope so–just got a Mac at our office, which is totally Windows NT based, and Iwould like to access my mail via the server.
No. Several people sent in related questions but so far it seems that any Exhange server will not work directly through Entourage. You’ll either have the stick with plain Outlook(not Express) or setup Entourage to use POP or IMAP protocols in conjuction with the Exhange server. In this way you can receive and send e-mail through internet standards and access the Global Address List if the server supports the LDAP protocol. Likewise, the iCalender standard is supported through both applications so scheduling events will work.
Update (10/22/00): Microsoft is apparently planning on releasing an full-feature parity of Outlook Exchange Client for Mac by the end of this month. So just hang on for a little while longer!
6. I heard that Microsoft did away with sound sets in this new Office mail client. True?
No. Entourage is very similar to Outlook Express. The sound sets are stillthere with the added option of choosing a random one on start-up.
7. What are the system requirements?
To use Microsoft Entourage 2001, your computer must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Processor: PowerPC, Mac OS compatible (clock speed of at least 120 MHz recommended)
- Operating System: Mac OS 8.1 or later (OS 8.5 or later recommended)
- Memory: 32 MB of RAM with at least 1 MB of Virtual Memory for systems prior to 9.0 48 MB of RAM with at least 1 MB of Virtual Memory for systems 9.0 and later
- Available Hard Disk Space: 80-160 MB. This figure indicates a default installation of Microsoft Office; your hard-disk usage will vary depending on the amount of data you store in Microsoft Office and the options you choose to install. Choices made during a custom installation may require more or less hard disk space.
- Approximately 160 MB of hard-disk space to install Microsoft Office.
- Disk Drives: CD-ROM drive or a connection to a local area network if you are installing Microsoft Entourage from a network.
- Monitor that can display 256 grays or 256 colors and resolutions of 640×480 or higher (Color monitor that can display thousands or millions of colors and resolutions of 800×600 or higher recommended)
8. Is it carbonized?
Nope, sorry. It does, however, contain the 128 x 128 transparent icons that are seen in Mac OS X. The whole office suite also seems to work pretty seamlessly in Classic.
9. Is there a way to access my address book from the Desktop (through a CSM or menu bar extension)?
See question #4.