In addition to Entourage and Mail, a number of browser-based e-mail clients are available to Macintosh users. Thunderbird, featured here, is one of the most popular.
Exchange servers allow connections using the IMAP protocol. While it doesn't include several features such as calendaring, notes, invitations, etc., Thunderbird is very handy for sending and receiving e-mail.
You can download the free Thunderbird browser here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/ There are separate clients available for Mac, Windows, and other operating systems.
(Note: setting up Thunderbird is a little different from setting up other IMAP clients. Setting preferences takes on a different order. You should begin with setting the SMTP preference first. Thunderbird right out of the box may come with a some kind of SMTP setting, but you should add a new Outgoing Mail Server, make that the default, and delete the old one). Some screen views have been left out or truncated for size reasons.
I. From Thunderbird's Tools Menu click Account Settings Select Outgoing Server (SMTP), click Add (previous not shown, but results follows:)
Description: outgoing musc mail
Server Name: smtps.musc.edu
Click Use name and Password
The Port setting should now read: 465
Click Add Account
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New Account Setup:
Click: Email Account — Continue
Fill in your name
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org — Continue
Incoming Server: eximap.musc.edu — Continue
Incoming User Name: your_netid — Continue
Account Name: MUSC Email — Continue
See the Congratulations! Screen confirming your settings
II. Back under the Local Folders menu:
Click Server Settings:
Should read: eximap.musc.edu and your_netid
Click Security Settings: SSL (Port changes to 993)
Uncheck: show only subscribed folders
Setting LDAP in Thunderbird
Main Menu -> Preferences -> Composition -> Addressing
Click Edit Directories
(Not Shown) Click Add
Name: MUSC LDAP
Base DN: o=MUSC,c=US
Port number: 389