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Mac OS X Snow Leopard: What's New for Office Users

Take an in-depth visual tour of the new Mac OS productivity features that every business user will want to know about.

Mac OS X dons corporate pinstripes

Snow Leopard's big news for business is its native support for Microsoft's ActiveSync and Exchange 2007, allowing the Mac's Mail, iCal, and Address Book apps to tap into e-mail, contacts, to-dos, and calendar items just as Microsoft Office apps do. But Apple has made other enhancements to Snow Leopard that will appeal to office users.

- See the InfoWorld slideshows "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users" and "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users."

- Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the "Snow Leopard Bible," by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.

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Setting up for Exchange 2007

When you set up an Exchange 2007 account for any ActiveSync-capable Apple app, Snow Leopard asks if you want them all set up at the same time. (If you use Exchange 2003, you'll have to use IMAP to connect.) When connected to Exchange 2007, Apple Mail users get the same capabilities that Microsoft Entourage users do, though of course the UIs for preferences differ. The one omission: You can set away notices in Mail, as you can in Entourage 2008, but not in Entourage 2003; for that, you must use Exchange Webmail.

- See the InfoWorld slideshows "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users" and "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users."

- Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the "Snow Leopard Bible," by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.

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iCal keeps up with your time zone travels

In addition to supporting Exchange 2007 calendars -- including to-dos and invites -- Snow Leopard's version of iCal includes the ability to adjust to the current time zone automatically. That can help frequent travelers keep appointment times straight. (Snow Leopard detects its current time zone via Wi-Fi, as the slideshow "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users" demonstrates.)

- See the InfoWorld slideshows "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users" and "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users."

- Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the "Snow Leopard Bible," by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.

- Follow InfoWorld's ongoing coverage of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

More info, more easily in appointments

Snow Leopard's iCal now displays all the info for an appointment when you choose Get Info from the contextual menu. Gone is the abbreviated display that forced you to click Edit to get all the details.

- See the InfoWorld slideshows "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users" and "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users."

- Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the "Snow Leopard Bible," by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.

- Follow InfoWorld's ongoing coverage of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Keep synced with cloud calendars

The revised iCal also makes it easier to synchronize with shared and offsite calendars, supporting Exchange 2007, Google, and Yahoo calendars, as well as the CalDAV network calendar supported in previous versions.

- See the InfoWorld slideshows "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users" and "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users."

- Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the "Snow Leopard Bible," by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.

- Follow InfoWorld's ongoing coverage of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Address Book now does directory services

Snow Leopard's Exchange 2007 support extends to the Mac's Address Book app. Also new to the Address Book is the ability to set up LDAP and other connections to enterprise directories.

- See the InfoWorld slideshows "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users" and "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users."

- Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the "Snow Leopard Bible," by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.

- Follow InfoWorld's ongoing coverage of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

New formatting controls for TextEdit, Mail

Apple's TextEdit word processor and Mail e-mail client support text transformation controls, allowing you to change the case of selected text. Other Apple apps, such as the extra-cost iWork, also use them.

- See the InfoWorld slideshows "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users" and "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users."

- Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the "Snow Leopard Bible," by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.

- Follow InfoWorld's ongoing coverage of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Auto-adjusting text as you type, across apps

Snow Leopard adds text-substitution controls to its TextEdit word processor and Mail e-mail client. (Other Apple apps, such as the extra-cost iWork, also use them.) These controls perform pattern-based automatic text replacement as you type, and you can set for each app any substitutions you prefer to use.

- See the InfoWorld slideshows "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users" and "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users."

- Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the "Snow Leopard Bible," by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.

- Follow InfoWorld's ongoing coverage of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Controlling auto text replacement

You set Snow Leopard's default text-substitution controls in the Language & Text system preference, in the new Text pane. This pane also lets you set the defaults for typographic ("curly") quotes, word breaking rules, and spell-checking language for apps that use Apple's common controls. (Note that the Language & Text system preference had been called the International system preference in previous versions of Mac OS X, but -- except for word breaking -- did not contain these controls.)

- See the InfoWorld slideshows "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users" and "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users."

- Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the "Snow Leopard Bible," by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.

- Follow InfoWorld's ongoing coverage of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

See more Mac OS slideshows

Explore Mac OS X with InfoWorld's slideshows:

- "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For all users"

- "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For office users"

- "What's new in Mac OS X Snow Leopard: For power users"

- "The UI challenge: Windows 7 versus Mac OS X"

Follow InfoWorld's ongoing coverage of Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Get all the details on the new Mac OS X in the Snow Leopard Bible by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley.