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Converting from Entourage to Mail for Mac on OS 10.5.6

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Can anyone give me tips on how to convert from Entourage 2008 for Mac to Mail for Mac. I am on version 10.5.6 OS. Also, I have some files on Outlook (windows PC) that I want to move over to the mail including old emails, addresses, etc.

Any tips with specific instructions and other hints as to what to consider that won't transfer would be appreciated
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
    Select Import Mailboxes from Mail's File menu, select the Entourage option, follow instructions.

    To import from Outlook is more of a problem. You will need Outlook2Mac to help import from Outlook to Mail.
    Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz; MBP Unibody; MBP C2D 2.33 Ghz; MBP 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iMac C2D 17"; MB 2.0 Ghz; 80GB iPod Video; iPod Touch; iPod Nano 2GB
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
    Entourage is not simply a mail program as it includes an address book and calendar. I'd say it was more like Outlook. To have all the elements of Entourage you would have to use Mail, Address Book, and iCal each of which is a separate application unlike Entourage where they are integrated into a single application.
    Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz; MBP Unibody; MBP C2D 2.33 Ghz; MBP 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iMac C2D 17"; MB 2.0 Ghz; 80GB iPod Video; iPod Touch; iPod Nano 2GB
  • the deebs Calculating status...
    If one has multiple Mac computers Apple Mail seems easy (Mobile Me makes it easy-peasy for all one's logins on different Macs to see the same email addresses, contacts, calendars, To dos, Notes, ... )

    These also interact very well with an iPhone.

    Entourage is good but does things a different way and not so easy from iPhone perspective.

    I suppose the key factor might be synchronization. If easy synchronization is important well, there really is only one solution.

    The beauty of Apple Mail was not immediately obvious to me but running multiple IMAP email accounts across different computers is a doddle. I do wish that iPhone Mail had a common Inbox, Sent, ... as in Apple Mail though as it would save trundling through folders.

    Accessing the same stuff on a PC is also easy courtesy of Mobile Me on PC (apart from multiple email addresses as it seems to default to the me.com one)
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  • the deebs Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    OK

    Scenario 1
    (assumes Mobile Me membership)
    Set up Apple Mail in your Mac Pro, iMac, ... and set preferences in Mobile Me to include email stuff

    Login to MacBook Pro, Air, ... other iMac, other Mac Pro > enter mobile me stuff there and Bongo! Apple Mail on the second machine synchronizes with stuff set in Apple Mail on first machine.

    Turn on the iPhone > Bongo! iPhone Mail will show the same email accounts as on the other two machines described above.

    One does not need to re-enter stuff for the sake of it. Mobile Me makes it easy.

    On the second machine create a new email account or add an existing one to Apple Mail > Bongo! Details updated on the first machine and also on iPhone.

    Scenario 2
    (assumes preferences set in Mobile Me for calendars and contacts)
    Create new contacts in each of the three machines (that is the first machine, the second machine and the iPhone) > Bongo! Details will be synched across all three machines (okay, iPhone calls them contacts and the other machines call it Address Book but ... )

    Create appointments in Calendar or iCal in ... well, they are synched as well.

    Scenario 3
    On a PC, away from each of the three machines detailed above. Need contacts and calendars (yes, iCal and iPhone calendar support multiple calendars with an overview summary of all, yep, ALL calendars.

    Fire up Safari on the PC (Safari 4 seems sweet) > go to www.me.com > enter username and password of Mobile Me account > Bongo!

    I suppose it may also be a time thing in sense that many people, self included, might recall a time when every calendar needed every detail keying in (other computer operating systems running different applications). Sure there were import/export utilities or thunks bet these tended to be at variance with each other regarding ordering of data fields, field parameters and in my own experience a bad import though swift was less reliable than re-keying in the details.
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
    If you've used Entourage and are comfortable with it, then it's certainly a more powerful integrated information management system like Outlook. It's probably overkill for the average user. However, Mail, iCal, and Address Book are not nearly as capable in so many different ways. And, Entourage now has very competent synching capabilities, just not with MobileMe, but frankly I'm not sure that's such a big deal when all you need to sync is your cell phone and/or PDA.

    If you need to integrate with an Outlook based work system, then Entourage is a better choice than the OS X applications.
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  • bediddleby Calculating status...
    FWIW, I used Entourage exclusively for a couple years and didn't like Mail. I got tired of a couple bugs with Entourage and forced myself to work with Mail/iCal/AddrBook long enough to see if I could convert. After a week and a half, I don't see myself going back to Entourage. The integration is nice, but I've gotten nearly as quick with keyboard shortcuts, etc. to get between Mail/iCal/AddrBook (thanks to Quicksilver.) Mail and I are now friends. <happy ending... sigh>
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  • the deebs Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I suppose a fair summary is:
    For things Outlook related then Entourage is probably the better.

    For things Apple/Mobile Me based then Apple Mail (iCal, Calendar, Address book, Contacts, Mobile Me on PC, Safari bookmarks [desktop Macs and iPhone]) is probably the better.
    Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPod (60 Gig), Time Capsule, Mac OS X (10.5), XP Pro running due to VM Fusion, Vista due to Boot Camp
  • the deebs Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Very good.

    If you do have more than one Mac computer and/or an iPhone, Mobile Me changes from being helpful into being stunningly brilliant.
    Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPod (60 Gig), Time Capsule, Mac OS X (10.5), XP Pro running due to VM Fusion, Vista due to Boot Camp

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