why is outlook express mail different on mac than windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by matthewcap, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. matthewcap macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2007
    hi, i run my own business, i usually have my mail through outlook express by microsoft which runs smooth on windows internet explorer, is there any reason why outlook looks and runs differently on mac computers through safari? thanks
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    I don't use Outlook, but I imagine the answer is that Internet Explorer is a terrible program.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    It's more then likely Outlook Web Access.

    Try using it in FireFox in Windows. :p
  4. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
    use firefox
    and maybe it is because
    Microsoft is revival of Apple
    just a crazy idea
  5. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    The web access of Outlook uses proprietary DOM objects that interact well with IE simply because it's all Microsoft. Firefox translates those DOM objects better than Safari.

    You have to realize that even though web browsers use a basic core DOM (Document Object Model) they will all translate differently. The same page which looks good in IE may translate differently in Opera, Safari, Firefox, etc. Outlook Web Access since it's a MS product of course, no brainer, any numb nuts can figure out would look it's best in IE. Other browsers will be a hit or miss. It's not Safari that's not playing nice, it's Microsoft and it's common practice use (since IE 3.01) of it's own versions of the DOM. I've been doing web development for a very long time and this IS ALWAYS the case when dealing with IE.

    Between Safari and Firefox, they are closer to the W3C standards than IE (although IE 7 is very close) so how they translate the web access portal is probably more correct even if it looks like crap.

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