Re: Mac and Exchange server?
I have a MacBook Pro and we are running MS Exchange server in the office. As a straight email client, Apple Mail that comes with the Mac will work just fine with an Exchange server. You can get some idea how to configure Apple Mail with Exchange here http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h...0/en/ml89.html and here http://web.uconn.edu/exchange/faq/cl...mailconfig.htm.
If you need to access the Exchange server for anything other than email as indicated, I would recommend using MS Entourage instead of Mail.app. Entourage has support for the collaboration services in Exchange. I am using Entourage on my Mac (part of the MS Office package for the Mac) http://www.microsoft.com/mac/product...ing_entourage/. It works well with our Exchange server. I am using a Palm PDA (and the MS Entourage Palm Conduit) and synch calendar, contacts, and notes between Entourage and Palm and it works fine for me. I think for Blackberry you might have to check out a different synch application like "The Missing Synch for Blackberry" from Mark/Space http://www.markspace.com/products.html.
Of course you always have the option to run Outlook under Parallels or VMWare Fusion on the Mac as well.
Here is a complication......
At present as I understand from all the forums Entourage does not sync tasks. Why? I have no idea why it took MS so much time to develop a new software and not add such an important functionality.
I am using MacBook Air for personal and professional use. At work we are using full Windows environment and MS Exchange server. So my MB Air has VMWare Fusion with Windows and full MS Office installed. Although I feel such set up is a bit suboptimal it works for me.