Once upon a time, people expected mail to allow them to send messages to each other. But today, with Microsoft Exchange, Gmail/Google Apps, and Lotus Notes, most users expect a comprehensive mail solution to also provide shared calendars, contacts, and even instant messaging.
As this chapter has shown, OS X Lion Server is able to do all three. The configuration is simple, but the features provided using the server tools are pretty limited compared to many of the other solutions available with other vendors. But those features aren’t always needed. And if they are, many can be enabled from the command line, using the configuration files of the backend services that make up iCal, Address Book, and iChat Server (all of which are capable of running on an iPhone, a Mac, or even a Windows computer).
Productivity isn’t just all about groupware though. Now that we’ve looked at these tools, with obvious productivity benefits, in Chapter 5 we’re going to turn our attention to one of the most complicated services in OS X Server that has been simplified about as much as possible. The web service, which also includes blogs and wikis, can be one of the easiest or one of the hardest services to work with, according to what you want it to do!