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Chapter 6. Planning an Outlook 2003 Depl... > Microsoft Exchange Server Support fo...

Microsoft Exchange Server Support for Outlook 2003

Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 works well with a variety of e-mail servers, but you can take advantage of a richer feature set by using Outlook with the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server. Some Outlook 2003 features require certain Exchange versions (and, in some cases, specific Exchange configurations running on certain versions of Microsoft Windows), while other features simply work better with newer versions of Exchange.

Several features of Outlook 2003 work best with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or later, especially for mobile users accessing their mailboxes over slower connections. This is apparent for the new remote procedure call (RPC) over HTTP feature, which enables users to log on to Exchange servers behind the corporate firewall without needing to use a virtual private network connection. Furthermore, the exchange of information between the Outlook client and Exchange Server is more efficient with Exchange Server 2003 because of the new data compression and partial-item update features. Also, on slow connections using the Headers Only mode in Outlook, an expanded plain text header preview now gives users more information to help them decide whether to download the full item or not. Finally, transactions between Outlook and Exchange Server are now more robust for the following reasons:


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