Setting up MS Exchange email
Well I managed to get my office email account set up on the pad. Now -the way I think it works is like this (and this may not be the case for other people). My office Outlook is set up to go to some server (which I think resides in the UK). However, we can access Outlook Web Access via IE using some other server which I think is in the US (don't ask me how that works!). I used the server address for the OWA when setting up the account.
A MAC freak in my office helped me. He also said that I needed to get the company's internet certificate from IE onto my Pad. Although - it turns out that I actually didn't need it - here's how you do it. On your work machine, Go to IE - under Tools>Options>Content Tab>Certificates>Trusted Root Certification Authorities> there is a *-pki certificate that I supposedly needed to export and email to my web-based email (hotmail, gmail, etc). This certificate essentially tells IE that content originating from any of the servers listed in your company's domain are safe. In other people's cases - it might have a different name. You would probably have to search for it. >Select said certificate and click on "Export". Insert a file name and save to your desktop or other place. Leave all other options as default. Email this file to your web-based address - then go on your Pad and pull up the email. Save the certificate. I actually didn't get to this last part, as the email started working once I set up the web server address and set a passcode on the iPad. The iPad prompted me to set a passcode only after I set up the exchange email account. Once I did that - I was good to go!
Like I said - this may or may not work in the same way for other people, but I hope it helps somebody! The iPad now gets my Outlook Calendar, Contacts and Mail (complete with all sub-mailboxes). It's great!
I can actually access my work email on my Dell Axim PDA using IE as well - but this sure beats that by FAR! I was able to sit on the couch last night and check and send some work emails. It's fabulous! Now only if there was some way I could tie a cord to this thing and hang it around my neck like I do with my PDA....:D:D:D