Office for Mac Versus Windows: Outlook

With the release of Office 2011, Microsoft retired their long-time Outlook substitute, Entourage, and brought an official version of Outlook to the Mac. Long-time Windows Outlook users will recognize many of its standard features, like the Ribbon, but there are still a few differences to be aware of.

Missing Features

This being the first release of Outlook for Mac, there are several features that didn’t make it into this version. Some of these include:

  • Requesting a read or delivery receipt.
  • The People Pane.
  • A separate To-Do category (in Outlook for Mac, the functionality of To-Dos and Tasks were consolidated into Tasks).

My Day

One feature that is exclusive to Outlook for Mac is My Day. My day provides a convenient and concise summary of events and tasks for the day.

To bring up My Day, just click the My Day icon in the toolbar.

Outlook and iCloud

One consideration when deciding which contact, calendar, and email app to use on your Mac may be whether or not you need to use iCloud. iCloud is Apple’s new, free service for keeping information in Sync between multiple computers (including Windows), iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. For more information on iCloud and what it can do, see our previous post on iCloud here.

Though iCloud was supported in Entourage, and is supported in Outlook for Windows, Outlook for Mac does not have iCloud support at this time. For iCloud syncing, you may want to consider using Mail, Address Book, and iCal, Lion’s built in programs, instead of Outlook.

Jason Merrill, Mac & iOS Consultant

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