Here is the new mail: http://www.apple.com/macosx/apps/#gallery-mcc-mailI had to vote for Outlook 2011 as this has better integration than Mail on SL. however, I am really disappointed with Outlook 11. After about 2 months of use, I went back to Mail.
I'd like to say Mail on Lion but no one has seen it yet so it is just wishes and speculation I guess. Well, I certainly havent seen it yet!
I like Outlook on PC and is one of the MS Office best applications IMHO but not on the Mac. It just feels like not enough effort was put into the development. I just doesn't feel slick and intuitive.
I am keen to upgrade to Lion and will see what Mail is like then.
I honestly can't understand why anyone would like this bloated, combine-everything-in-one-program approach. Not only is Outlook slower to launch than all three of Apple's apps together, it's a pain to use more than one function at a time.Granted, a lot of the mail features in Outlook are unnecessary for most people, but what really puts Outlook over the edge in my opinion is that it has the contacts and calendar features built right in. Having three separate apps in my opinion isn't the most efficient way of getting things done, which is what Apple is best known for. In this specific category, I must sadly admit that Microsoft wins.
First, let me say that I'm not a big fan of either Mail or Outlook (or Thunderbird, for that matter.) They all cover the basics, but they're all pretty much the same except for features.
I honestly can't understand why anyone would like this bloated, combine-everything-in-one-program approach. Not only is Outlook slower to launch than all three of Apple's apps together, it's a pain to use more than one function at a time.
If I'm in my Mail inbox and I want to check my calendar in iCal, I can do that in one click. Click iCal in the dock, boom, it's right there. One click.
If I'm in my Outlook inbox and I click on my Outlook calendar...bam, my inbox is gone. If I click back to my inbox...bam, my calendar is gone. To see both at once, you have to first open a second "main window," which requires a trip up to the menu bar, then down a sub menu. Then you have to change the new window to Calendar view. And of course, the two Main windows are huge, so even when you have them both open, it's hard to see them both at the same time.
"Integrated" and "all-in-one" are cool-sounding buzzwords, but they don't translate to productivity.
My Mac is not an iPad. I have a multitasking OS and a big screen, so there's no reason not to use separate apps for separate functions.