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Mac Users: Upgrade to Outlook for Mac 2011

outlook for mac 2011 Outlook® for Mac 2011 is now available to Hosted Exchange
customers at Rackspace!

This version replaces Entourage and gives Mac users a uniquely Apple experience with comparable functionality to the popular Outlook for Windows program.

 

What You Can Expect:

  • Calendar: Unlike the separate Mail and iCal applications native to Mac, Outlook’s Mac version displays your inbox and calendar in the same program. You can even open an invite in your inbox and have your calendar instantly displayed for at-a-glance viewing of your availability and the ability to respond without opening an additional application.

     
  • Import: The .PST files that hold all of your personal data in Outlook in Windows can be directly transferred into the Mac version. That means all of your data populates into your new account in just a few clicks and with minimal downtime. 

     
  • Exchange Integration: Optimize Outlook for Mac 2011 with Exchange for syncing and collaboration. If you’d rather not deal with the expense and maintenance of Exchange, look into Hosted Exchange at Rackspace for easier management or Dedicated Exchange for more control without hardware and licensing investments.
     
  • Task Toolbar: Toolbars dynamically change to match the tab shown and offers only the options applicable to the selected tab. Mac users who prefer shortcuts can collapse the toolbar and use most of the same shortcuts that they’ve used with Entourage, plus a few new ones specific to Outlook for Mac 2011.
     
  • Security & Backup: Outlook for Mac 2011 uses Spotlight for search and Time Machine for backup. With Exchange, you can also send messages with restrictions to prevent forwarding or set and expiration date for access.

     
  • Organization: Color coding lets you create categories, assign a color to the category, and make related entries from contacts, calendar, or inbox visually identifiable. No more wading through searches to find related emails, with Outlook for Mac 2011, you can reduce long email chains into a single conversation thread. 

     
  • Unified Inbox: Users can see all of their email in one view instead of switching tabs in Entourage to view each mailbox. Outlook for Mac 2011 lets you combine contacts from multiple sources into your Outlook address book.
     
  • Notifications: Like Outlook for Windows, you can set new email message notifications to display in the lower right corner of the screen. Even if you’re not working in Outlook, you can see the sender, subject, and first few lines of new messages as they arrive to determine if they need your immediate attention.

Current Rackspace Hosted Exchange customers can head to the Control Panel to download now. If you need help getting up and running, register now to join us Wednesday, March 9th for the “Introduction to Outlook 2011 for Mac” webinar or visit the Outlook for Mac 2011 section of our Support Site for FAQs and setup instructions.
 

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Lizetta Staplefoote.

Lizetta Staplefoote is a Rackspace Marketing Copywriter with a decade of experience writing about small business challenges for healthcare, real estate, and technology. Her passion is researching and writing about the impact of cloud computing. When she's not wordsmithing, she enjoys hanging out with her sons, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, and feeding her music addiction.


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