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I'm wondering how to integrate email between my mac os and win 7

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I'm going to install bootcamp to my new imac io x mountain lion. This is my first mac and I need windows for work. I've already migrated all my files to my mac and that was easy. IN the meantime I had my email account still running on my old pc (outlook) and set up a new email account on my mac using mac mail. The two accounts both received emails, but the mail came to either/or computer on a random basis. they seemed to 'fight' for the email. So, i disconnected the email acct on my pc and now i only have it set up on my mac. Once i install bootcamp though I want to be able to get emails while i'm on the mac side and also on the pc side of my partition. Does this make sense? I want both sides to get all emails. I do have outlook for the mac and could use outlook for both partitions, but they are different versions of outlook.  If anyone could help me with this inquiry I'd such appreciate it. thank you!

  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)

    There are a couple of solutions you could use.  I actually use a combination of them myself.


    You can use IMAP for your mail, then all the mail is stored on the server, and you just access it (mark it read, delete the SPAM, File it to a folder, etc.) all on the server, and your email client is just an interface to the data on the server.


    You can pick an email client that runs on both OSes and uses a common data file format.  Once such exmple is ThunderBird, a free email client which has native Windows, Mac & Linux clients.  You just put your profile on a disk that is fully accessible from both OSes (meaning you need write access to NTFS from MacOS, or you need HFS+ write access from Windows, or you need a 3rd data partition that is formatted FAT so both OSes can access it).


    I use ThunderBird ans store my data files on my MosOS partition (the OS which uses the data most of the time), then I use the Paragon HFS+ driver for Windows so my Win 7 has write access to the Mac volume.  It took a little work (and a little risk) to get my profiles setup at first, because the documentation wasn't clear if both OSes used the same format for the data storage, but in the end I got it working nicely, and my local data archive was then always accessible to either OS.  I still use the IMAP option too, so that I can then also access my email from an iPhone or tablet and keep teh data (except for the archives) fully accessible there too.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)

    Set your email account on the email server and in your clients as IMAP. It sounds like you currently have the email account set as a POP account.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)

    If you are set up as a POP account your email is working as it should. The email is downloaded to the connecting client and it is then removed from the server so it is not available to your other client.


    IMAP accounts sync your email across all clients because it keeps the email on the server.


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