Mac OSX and MS Exchange

I’ve got multiple email accounts on my domains, as well as gmail accounts, as well as an icloud account and a work account that uses a cloud based exchange server.   In this mix, I have multiple machines – Windows, Linux and OSX all running and accessing the same accounts in real time.    The Beast (my windows box) runs all mail as POP to download hard copies of my email so if needed – I’m not dead in the water if the remote server or internet access is unavailable.

OSX and Linux access my email using IMAP – so that they are always updated with the same information regardless of which machine that I’m using.

I love the fact that I can sync my Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders with OSX – and then use Thunderbird to link IMAP with the exchange server for e-mail.    This keeps my inbox clean – and when I get a email – the dock notification is specific to Thunderbird and I know it’s work related.    You don’t need to use the Thunderbird Extension (“ExQuilla”) that is full of bugs and features and costs $10 annually.

So, I use Apple’s Mail in OSX for everything except exchange email which is sync’d with Thunderbird via IMAP, with the other integration services provided by OSX.

This works for me.

Published by J.W. Spencer

JW Spencer is the lead technical architect and developer at the Digital Dream Team. He has over 25 years of technical experience in private industry and government in support of development, management, project management, and executive technical leadership. JW has the unique ability to understand complex technical problems and synthesize viable solutions. A veteran of the USMC, JW took his undergraduate studies at Southwest Texas State University, with graduate work at Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin. "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." - Yogi Berra

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  1. Update: I installed MS Office Plus 2013 on my Windows 8.1 Pro box. I now not only connect to my work email server with POP to download mail into a PST file that I can archive and access locally, but I now also connect to the same account via the exchange server (with exchange credentials) for access to calendars, contacts, and exchange-only folders. Works like a champ.

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