Should I upgrade to Mavericks?

rpg51

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I have resisted this upgrade because I read many horror stories about problems with mail. I use mail fairly heavily. I have an enterprise e mail account and a gmail account. I use the combined in box feature quite a bit. The enterprise account pushes e mail and calender changes to me (also on iphone). I use "Attachment Tamer" and like it.

I also use firefox. I use microsoft office for mac.

I use time machine to a time capsule.

Should I expect troubles with Mavericks or go ahead and upgrade? Can I go back if it is a problem?

I have a new macbook pro retina and currently running OS 10.8.5.

Any input most appreciated.
 

scaredpoet

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If you run a Time Machine backup of your Mac before you do the upgrade, then you can go back if you need to. At this point, I would say it's worth a try to upgrade.
 

rpg51

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Not a ringing endorsement. I honestly don't have time to be mucking about with troubles. I'm gonna wait.
 

827538

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I use both an exchange account for uni and my general AOL account and they both work fine without issue (both on my Mac and iPhone).
I only just jumped ship to Mac but this is perhaps the most stable and polished desktop OS I've ever used. The update is free and brings some solid new features and plenty of under the hood improvements, backup your Mac then upgrade :D.
~scol
 

Sital

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I use multiple gmail accounts with Mail (with Attachment Tamer), and sync email to my phone as well as calendar entries (from BusyCal). I also use FireFox and Office for Mac 2011. I haven't had any problems on Mavericks and I've been using it since the initial release.
 

rpg51

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Are the folks having all these troubles running it on old machines?
 

aicul

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my take is don't go to Mav if your iMac is over 2 years old.

Truthfully I cannot see the advantages in Mav as compared to previous. Ok it does have gimmicks that can be of help, but those gimmicks don't help me how I use the mac.

Even more truthfully, after having read theMav marketing stuff in full late last year, I cannot name you a single feature I use that is new in Mav except finder tabs (*).

But if you have a recent mac, you are probably better of in having the latest.



(*) which as another post shows I find incomplete.
 

Jambalaya

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my take is don't go to Mav if your iMac is over 2 years old.

Truthfully I cannot see the advantages in Mav as compared to previous. Ok it does have gimmicks that can be of help, but those gimmicks don't help me how I use the mac.

Even more truthfully, after having read theMav marketing stuff in full late last year, I cannot name you a single feature I use that is new in Mav except finder tabs (*).

But if you have a recent mac, you are probably better of in having the latest.



(*) which as another post shows I find incomplete.
I don't understand your reasoning at all. I upgrade my 2009 Mini to Mavericks on day 1 and am very happy with it. Improved Safari, Cloud support, Keychain, updated iWorks plus finder tabs and tags. Memory management and battery life have been improved.

OP the only issue I had was with Mail, there where a few problems initially (mostly with features with gmail I don't use, gmail is my main email account however) and these have been fixed.

The original poster has a rMBP not an iMac BTW
 

dmccloud

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At this point, most of the bugs (such as Mail) that were on Apple's end have been fixed. There are some third-party apps that have issues, but that's not something Apple can fix for them. We'll start seeing info on the next version of OS X when WWDC kicks off in two months, so Mavericks is about as polished as it will ever be now
 

robgendreau

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Try it by installing it on another partition, external, etc and see how you like it.

Mail is not the best email client, certainly not the best for gmail. Gmail is kinda quirky, and it would be prudent to expect it and Mail to have issues again some time. There are alternatives, so I wouldn't consider the freebie mail client Apple gives you to be the dealbreaker for the whole system.
 

ssls6

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I have resisted this upgrade because I read many horror stories about problems with mail. I use mail fairly heavily. I have an enterprise e mail account and a gmail account. I use the combined in box feature quite a bit. The enterprise account pushes e mail and calender changes to me (also on iphone). I use "Attachment Tamer" and like it.

I also use firefox. I use microsoft office for mac.

I use time machine to a time capsule.

Should I expect troubles with Mavericks or go ahead and upgrade? Can I go back if it is a problem?

I have a new macbook pro retina and currently running OS 10.8.5.

Any input most appreciated.
If your system works well now and there isn't a feature you must have, then wait. That is always a better strategy.