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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.