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SharePoint 2013 working with Exchange 2010 and office 2010

Friends, as part of a SharePoint 2013 Deployment process make sure you understand the customer base configuration for desktop computers and also other enterprise applications that integrates with SharePoint like Exchange Server.

As you may know, SharePoint 2013 has a bunch of features that work together with other products, specifically Exchange Server 2013 and Office 2013. Feature like Site Mailbox, Exchange Task Sync have direct dependency, so what happen if the customer has Exchange 2010 or Office 2010 in the desktop?

You will have customer complaining about why the Task Sync feature is not working. Probably they will report the following error “We weren’t able to sync your tasks. This could be because your mailbox is on an Exchange server that isn’t supported for syncing tasks. Please contact your administrator for more help”.

So please avoid unsatisfied customers, if Exchange Server 2010 and Office 2010 is the supported software make sure you disable Farm Level Exchange Task Sync feature so when users want to Sync task Outlook 2010 will fire up. So navigate to SharePoint Central Admin site and go to Manage Farm Features, deactivate the Farm Level Exchange Task Sync.

Deactivate Task Sync feature, works with Exchange Server 2013

Deactivate Task Sync feature, works with Exchange Server 2013

This change will not impact the Work Management Service Application, so you still get the consolidated task view in you User Profile page. So now you can have Office 2010 playing nice with SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 playing nice with Office 2010

SharePoint 2013 playing nice with Office 2010

 

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