Why are there no mail apps with exchange support?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tanyet, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. tanyet macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2013
    As far as I can tell there's outlook (horribly overpriced) and Apple Mail. What's the holdup? There are some outstanding mail applications out there but they only support pop or imap and not EWS. Is this a microsoft problem?
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Hard to do well, I suppose. Even the apps you mentioned don't really do that great of a job with Exchange when compared to Outlook for Windows.
  3. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    Exchange is a Microsoft product; OS X is an Apple product. You do the math.
  4. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    I don't think many companies can keep up with Microsoft's development of exchange, including it's VOIP, instant messaging, and "unified" messaging (Lync).
  5. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    The EWS protocol is one of the most complex protocols to support, have severe license restrictions and really, doesn't have a lot of *casual* users. To support business customers, you'd often have to sign contracts to provide support for those users . Most startups don't have the resources to do any of those things, so they'll go after for the majority of the markets and that's IMAP, which on its own is very difficult to support but you get paychecks quicker than other protocols.

    Most of the business customers that uses Exchange are going to be provided with a copy of Outlook and/or asked by the IT departments to use Apple's email or outlook.

    IT departments often don't have the resources to support other apps, so they'll stick with the default clients as often as they can.
  6. tanyet thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2013
    Thanks for the explanation. That explains things very well. I guess I can still hope...
  7. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    Apple Mail still kinda blows for Exchange. There are sporadic sync issues as well as fragmented access to contacts, calendar, and mail. Mail needs a few fixes still in order to work well with the latest Exchange version. That said, iCloud isn't so smooth either so I think it has to do with the Mail cache and also the way Mail is built. Then again, I think Outlook on Windows also has some niggles here and there with Exchange sync.

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