Moving from Outlook to Mail / iCal

Yesterday I decided to move away from Outlook on something of a whim.  It’s been fine, as Mail is really a nice feeling app and after a day+ of usage I’m feeling really good about the decision.  Search, sorting and conversation threads are much better in Mail vs Outlook.  Search is quite poor actually in Outlook so any change is good there …

There are a few small details I’d love to resolve though in my new system:

  • There’s no way in iCal to NOT send a response when replying to a request.  Outlook gives you the option for staying semi-stealth if you like.
  • Mail seems to add colored backgrounds to text pasted in from certain sites … something I do rather frequently and there’s no obvious way to remove this formatting.  In Outlook, I could just change the background color to white and it would go away.
  • Some structured formats are a bit strange … Today I pasted in a bullet list from Word and it wrapped way left which made it a bit of a challenge to read.  I chose to compose this particular note back in Outlook so it would send properly as it was a client email.

Aside from these somewhat minor issues, I’m likely to stay with the new combo vs Outlook.    I’d still welcome solutions if anyone has thoughts …


2 comments for “Moving from Outlook to Mail / iCal

  1. 5/18/2012 at 10:15 am

    Which version of Outlook are you using? 2010 is MUCH better, specifically around search. I still wish RadioShack would just convert all of our accounts to Google Apps accounts and call it a day.

  2. 5/18/2012 at 2:21 pm

    we are on 2011 … It’s totally fine for the most part.  the apple apps are considerably more elegant and using them in addition to the IOS devices makes for a very consistent experience. 

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