Does Outlook support exchange server 2003?

My company hasn't upgraded yet from Exchange Server 2003, making Entourage a real problem. Will this upgrade provide access to calendars and reliable exchange with iCal and Address Book? Entourage is supposed to do that but it's never worked for me.

  • Asked by Michael R A from Washington
  • Oct 26, 2010
Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011

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4 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Nope. Mac Outlook only supports Exchange 2007 or later.

    • Answered by Andy G from Manchester
    • Nov 2, 2010
  • The Entourage from Office 2008 for Mac worked with our company Exchange Server 2003 almost fine, except it could never sync the Sent out messages from Entourage. I upgraded to Office 2011 for Mac without checking compatibility with Exchange Server 2003 and it didn't work at all. I am new to Mac and it was a nice surprise to me to find out that even the standard Mac Mail works with Exchange, but again not with Exchange 2003. So, I found that, in general, only Entourage is actually working with Exchange 2003 along with some alternative methods using intermediate servers, which I didn't like at all. At the end of the day I am simply using our OWA access to the 2003 mail server ignoring the incompatibility of Office 2011 for MAC with older Exchange servers (2003, etc.). I assume, Microsoft and Apple (with the Mail) have decided that won't make any money providing that feature to customers like me. I hope this information helps somehow.

    • Answered by Chavdar C from Danville
    • Jan 9, 2011
  • I have the exact same challenge so I went into the London Apple store today and the specialist told me that officially it is exchange 07 but he has got earlier version 03 working so I guess it is a gamble. As a specialist I guess he can get most things working but I am nervous that I will buy it and then not get it working. As it will be my first mac in a few years it is the only thing stopping me right now so want to know if anyone has had any success yet?

    • Answered by Harry H from Kings Sutton
    • Nov 17, 2010
  • it is very strange that Office 2011 can not connect to Exchange , i still did not find any reason for that , any way hope it will solve in future other wise we will look for other mail client.

    • Answered by Bassem H from Riyadh
    • Apr 24, 2012