Mail app vs Outlook 2014, which is better?

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  1. seasurfer macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Has anyone tried both, would you mind to share your experience? Thanks. :)
  2. danthe93 macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2014
    Depends on what you are used to. If you use outlook more often, such as at work, then definitely outlook is the best option.

    If you are used to the usual mail app, stick with that.
  3. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    My wife prefers Outlook as she has always used it in her career and at home. I have used Outlook, but prefer Mail. It really comes down to personal preference and what is going to work best for you. Plus which program will provide the features you require.

    For me Outlook is to feature rich for my requirements. I find Mail to be much more simple and work better with OS X.
  4. SRLMJ23 macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    New York
    I like both mail programs, however, I have to say that after installing Outlook 2015 and messing around with it for a while that I moved my account to Outlook 2015. Now, I still have to use for some things since you cannot sync calendar, contacts Outlook 2015, just email.

    Outlook 2015 synced everything SUPER fast, and the program itself is very fast and fluid. I have had no problems with it so far.

    Do not listen to most of the people on this forum, because most are Apple Fanboys and will ALWAYS say anything from Microsoft is garbage.

    People are complaining about how it just looks like the Windows version, and complaining about other stupid little things. I think Microsoft's goal with this release was to improve to code and make under-the-hood improvements, which they clearly did. It is WAY faster than Outlook 2011, very fluid, and I like the interface a lot better than Outlook 2011's. I think Microsoft will add features in the future with updates, and I think A LOT more features will be added when the full suite is released in 2015.

    I say try it for yourself, and see if you like it. Outlook is a lot more powerful than Mail ever could dream of being.

  5. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    If you use an Exchange server then Outlook is the only way to go. I was an Outlook user on a PC for years. Tried the Mac version and found it easier to learn Mail instead of adapting to the Mac version of Outlook. I don't need a lot of the features of Outlook so prefer the simpler interface of Mail. If you want or need the power, ask your doctor f Outlook may be for you.
  6. WorldIRC macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2005
  7. hoeij macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2014
    I'm using Apple Mail and I like it a lot.

    But it doesn't work well on my wife's new laptop with her hotmail account. The problem is that it downloads extremely slowly (ranging between 0.1 and 20 Kb/sec). This means it takes a really long time for new e-mails (inbox and sent) to show up because most of its tiny download bandwidth is occupied by downloading the 10,000 not-yet downloaded e-mails from the server, a process that at this rate will basically take forever.

    The only option was to switch to MS Outlook. It now downloads much faster.

    I suspect that the extremely slow download speed with Apple Mail is caused by Microsoft's server (hotmail is owned by Microsoft) giving low priority to non-Microsoft clients. That forces us to use Outlook with the hotmail account.
  8. iososx macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2014
    Based on my experience with those two and the high volume of email traffic I handle, Gmail is much faster, efficient and works very reliably in my multi platform environment.
  9. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Both Mail and Outlook 2011 access your Exchange server via EWS, Exchange Web Services. EWS is built on Outlook Web Access (OWA), your Exchange server's webmail client.

    Because EWS is web-based, it operates at the speed of the Web. Having used both Mail and Outlook 2011 to access my firm's Exchange-based mail server, there is no significant difference in performance. There may be any number of explanations for the performance difference that you observe--if there is a performance difference. However, there is no great diabolical conspiracy by either Microsoft or Apple that will explain the performance difference that you see.
  10. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I prefer the for my needs. It does everything I want it too. I've not felt any major need or urge to change to another product. I've tried others, but I always seem to come back to
  12. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    I have an Exchange Server (yes, an Exchange Server) at home, and connects nicely to it, both on LAN and over the Internet!

    However, having said that, I prefer Outlook, as it's all there. Mail, calendar, and contacts.

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