Apple Mail vs. Outlook

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  1. slapshot macrumors member

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    I just downloaded Office 11. I have never used Outlook before and I was just wondering if it is worth switching my mail info over to Outlook instead of using Apple Mail. I have my gmail account working just fine with Apple Mail along with my Android phone. Is there any reason for me to use Outlook? Apple and Google have been working just fine for me. I also use iCal with my Google Calendar.

    Everyone on here knows more about this stuff than I do so please educate me.
     
  2. Thrilledge macrumors regular

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    Yes its worth it. Or just use both. The reality is, there is nothing good about Apple Mail. Just my opinion.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I don't think Outlook does you any good, especially if you're already using Mail.
     
  4. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    If you're satisfied with Mail, there's little reason to switch.

    Outlook has many more features, but if you don't need them, there's not much to gain.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I switched to postbox, its like the mail.app on steriods. Better then the mail app, so check that out. I prefer mail.app over outlook so when I came across this, I was pleasantly surprised.
     
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    Those that are using Outlook as a part of Office 2011: can you still set Word to edit in the email so the first word of each sentence is capitalized automatically?? I'm slowly getting used to Mail but I REALLY miss the capitalization feature.

    For that matter, does it do that in Word in the 2011 version? I tried Office 2007 and that feature wasn't even in Word anymore. I've been using Outlook 2003 until switching to Mac 2 months ago.

    Thanks,
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  8. princesambit macrumors newbie

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    Apple Mail is too simple which seems like a dumb application. Apple Mail on my mac is set imap gmail. But the problem is if read the new emails on my web browser and later open the Apple Mail, it doesn't treat them as read! Moreover, if I read my mails on my iPhone and delete them, the Apple Mail on my mac still downloads it to the inbox as unread! This, according to me, is far more dumb when Outlook can do exact sync with your accounts. I hope I am not setting the Apple Mail correctly.
     
  9. c98928 macrumors member

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    You didn't set it right. My Gmail syncs perfectly on Mac, web interface, iPhone, and iPad.
     
  10. ImperialX macrumors 65816

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    No. Exchange isn't supported on Mac OS X. Gmail uses ActiveSync while OS X uses EWX.
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What do mean? Exchange is supported in Mail, iCal, and Address Book by Apple and in Entourage/Outlook by Microsoft.
     
  12. panzer06, Nov 6, 2010
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    The calendar in outlook works better with exchange than iCal. That alone convinced most of us to switch to outlook 2011.

    There's a tweak that needs to happen for mail and outlook on the exchange server to allow large attachments to work properly. Something to do with timeout values on the exchange side.

    Cheers,
     
  13. Dias macrumors 6502

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    Does new Outlook work flawlessly with Gmail Mail/Calendar/Contacts?
     
  14. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Mail yes, imap gmail works perfectly. Since all my contacts and calendar entries are managed within exchange I do not sync gmail or MobileMe contacts or calendar.

    Cheers,
     
  15. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for talking about Postbox and the link. I hadn't seen this before & I really like it.

    Cheers... :)
     
  16. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    Mail = easy to use nice mail program for private use
    Outlook = great for office like setups for heavy emailer

    if you are happy with mail right now stay with it. if you are missing functionality chances are that outlook has it.
     
  17. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    That's my position as well. I've used Outlook and Outlook Express before and don't miss a thing. I like Mail just fine--I have two ISP accounts and a Gmail account and it works just fine for me. I even like the way the spam filter works. :)
     
  18. martyosten macrumors newbie

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    Apple versus Pears (preferably refrigerated)

    Hi,
    I'm new on this forum, but my first Mac was a IIci at 25 MHz. And at TANDEM we ran ADM 6530's. Block mode using (eventually) a FE tool called TACL -- Tandem Application Control Language. Those who were good (no great) at it, could run circles around people with more sophisticated tools. We had 2 sys admins for something like 209 systems around the world. 1 SA per hemisphere, plus 1 back up guy who slept most of the time :)

    My point being if you get used to a tool, and it gets the job done for you, and you lose nothing by keeping it -- then don't change a thing. This is one of those do I say not as I do things. I wish I would take my own advise since my point is the waste of time it costs me, and time is all I have to sell. So, now it's 5:45 on Sunday and I haven't taken my 1 hour walk per the physical therapist.

    See, its all a matter a priorities. Hope it was worth it. I just need to keep alive long enough to piss off more of you for another 20 years. :D Marty
     
  19. Macmonter macrumors regular

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    Love Mail - Hate Outlook

    My wife and I have separate email accounts, and she has a windows PC while I have a Mac. We keep no secrets from each other so our emails are not password protected or hidden from view from the other. Mail's universal feature which allows simultaneous downloading and display of our emails makes the process much easier and faster than having to switch identity every time to download and display each other's emails using Outlook. Outlook may have more features than Mail, but Mail has met all my email needs. BTW, we've been married for 46 years so we must be doing something right!
     
  20. AV8TOR macrumors regular

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    If you connect with a work server Outlook is a much better choice because you can share calendars and use emails with voting in Outlook which our company used.
     
  21. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Agreed. Outlook & Exchange work better together.

    Cheers,
     
  22. iMAVERICKam macrumors member

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    Then your Mac was set up to use POP, not IMAP. I've been using Gmail with Mail via IMAP for years with no problems, read state & deleted messages perfectly synced.
     

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