Entourage vs. Mail???

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Grimace, May 18, 2004.

  1. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    Okay, I think the Mail app is great. I've never used Entourage; The description Micro$haft gives doesn't make me see why it is any better. What am I missing??
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

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    I don't know whether you're familiar with the Windows apps Outlook and Outlook Express, but Mail=Outlook Express=Personal, Entourage=Outlook=Corporate. Basically, you should only use Entourage if you need to connect to an MS mail server (Exchange?) or something.
     
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    Really? That's amazing :p
     
  4. Digital Hybrid macrumors member

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    I don't use Entourage either. I think it's bloatware. To much stuff you don't need at all. But as Nermal said, Entourage is more of a corporate program, and might not be intended for personal use. I used Outlook back when I used Windows which worked pretty well.

    But Mail is just... spectacular :D
     
  5. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Exchange

    Doesn't Mail support Exchange? I think the reason to pick Entourage is that the calendar, mail, tasks, yellow sticky notes, address book, and the new project center are rolled into a single application. Some people like separate apps for this and others like it all in one.

    I like Apple's offerings because the address book and iCal integrates with other applications. Print Shop works with the Address Book and iCal and Eye TV and Quicken 2004 work with iCal, and several programs available on versiontracker work with those programs too.

    Entourage 2004 looks like a great alternative.
     
  6. djdarlek macrumors regular

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  7. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Mail is good if you want the bare-bones of an e-mail application: bit of formatting, pop servers and the like, reasonable junker, basic speller.

    Entourage is far superiour if you leave breath and rely entirely on integrated apps that that sing, dance and boil the teas in the morning.

    Personally, being a simple man with simple needs raised on a brer patch, I get by with Mail but I do teeter to the 'dark side' on occassion. I'm getting Office04 shortly and I expect to find myself firmly in the clutches of Entourage within a month or so.
     
  8. howard macrumors 68020

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    the new views of entrouge 2004 are amazing, i love the way they do that now, i can only hope mail...ahemcopiesahem microsoft in there next big mail update
     
  9. mwpeters8182 macrumors 6502

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    I use entourage, but that's because I have a msn email account (through verizon dsl, not out of choice). It does the job for me, but i do prefer mail.app for my pop mail. I just don't like having 2 seperate programs.

    MP
     
  10. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Versiontracker has two programs to allow you to use Mail for your hotmail email. I am testing one of them. It doesn't seem to show any folders except for your primary inbox. I agree that using separate email programs is insane. Hotmail seems to be better implemented and supported on Entourage.
     
  11. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    when i first got my powerbook, i started using entourage for my e-mail. i found it just had a lot of features that i wasn't using, and i wanted to take advantage of the integration between Mail and iCal and Address book, so i migrated to Mail.

    i've had no regrets whatsoever, and find Mail more than capable of handling my personal e-mail, sorting through junk mail, and organizing the hundreds of e-mails i've accumulated over the years and just haven't deleted yet. i have a hotmail account (which i'm slowly trying to phase out) and use the hotmail plug in (found through versiontracker) to even check that account within Mail. that's been very handy - a few bugs, but nothing major.

    marianne
     
  12. luckyparadox macrumors newbie

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    Does anybody know how to get Hotmail to show up in it's own folder using Httpmail? I've tried installing it, but I doesn't seem to work right--at one point it had a little "@" icon (like those springy bookmarks you can put in the Dock) in my Drawer labelled, "Hotmail." But then it disappeared. Any ideas?

    I really want to use Mail, but if I can't get Hotmail to function properly I'm just going to have to switch BACK to Microsoft, after switching to Mac. It's a shame that Outlook Express isn't available anymore--since Entourage is just like Outlook, they should make an Entourage Express freeware program like OE...that'd be KIND of Microsoft, wouldn't it?
     
  13. bitfactory macrumors 6502

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    and when evaluating, don't be blinded by people who wouldn't know full Exchange compatibility if it bit them on the ass. Entourage doesn't have it.

    I've been using the 2004 'test drive' and can say without reservation that besides Unicode, the new version isn't worth the $, imo.
     
  14. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    I use mail for work and fin it just fine for me. I would have loved using Entourage, but it did not support importing Outlook 2003 PST files. So M$'s stupidity gave me a program that is not bloat-ware.
     

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