Outlook 2011 - how to run on 2 macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Frostywinter, May 4, 2011.

  1. Frostywinter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2008

    I am currently using Outlook 2011 on my 2010 MBA 11" (pop account) - today I ordered a new 2011 iMac which will become my main work machine for email, but I will still need to use the MBA for emails when away from the office/travelling etc.

    How can I use both machines and keep Outlook 2011 synced i.e. Inbox, sent items on both machines?


  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    You need to stop using a POP account and switch to either IMAP or Exchange.

    POP downloads emails from the inbox, while IMAP and Exchange will sync it.
  3. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    That depends on what your purchased. Office 2011 requires activation. You would need a 2 Pack in order to use on both computers. In the past you could install on one desktop and one laptop but that was discontinued in Office 2011.

    I don't believe you can purchase another install once you purchase the 1 pack. The H&S version no longer comes with an email client so you can't use that to get around the requirements for installing on more than one computer.

    An option would be to switch to IMAP and use your browser for viewing mail while you are traveling. If your provider doesn't offer IMAP you can setup Gmail as IMAP had have it forward your POP account so you will have access to those emails while traveling.
  4. tcador macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    I'd agree with the above. If you're not looking to buy another license, i'd recommend using a browser to read and reply to e-mails while on the road. And the advice about switching away from POP is good advice...
  5. Frostywinter, May 5, 2011
    Last edited: May 6, 2011

    Frostywinter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2008
    Hi guys and tks for your comments and suggestions.

    I dont mind buying another Office 2011 for the other Mac so no drama's there.

    I have just checked with our UK service provider and they have just now enabled IMAP on our account :)

    So all should be good now.. I will install Outlook 2011 on both mac and setup as IMAP...



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