In This Chapter
Collaborating with Microsoft Exchange
Understanding all those Address Books
Using Outlook with SharePoint Team Services
Microsoft is a big company that writes big programs for big companies with big bucks. As you’d expect, some parts of Outlook were originally for people at big companies. But these days, people in small organizations also need tools to improve teamwork and collaboration. That’s especially true in a world of far-flung virtual teams whose members communicate almost exclusively via phone and email.
Companies that use Outlook often have a network that’s running a program called Microsoft Exchange Server in the background. Exchange works as a team with Outlook to let you do what you can’t do with Outlook alone. Outlook users with Exchange can look at another employee’s calendar or give someone else the power to answer email messages on that person’s behalf — any of a host of handy tasks right from a single desktop.
Many features of Microsoft Exchange Server look as if they’re just a part of Outlook, so most Exchange users have no idea that any program other than Outlook is involved. In practical terms, it ...