5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2007 7:48 PM by Allan Sampson
John Saffron Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
I'm switching from Entourage to Apple Mail. It has been suggested that I delete my Entourage account after backing up my Entouraga data. (1) If i delete mac.com in Entourage, can that effect my mac.com web account or Mail account? (2) If I have imported my addressbook and emails from Entourage into Apple mail, is that the same thing has backing up my Entourage data? Or is there something else I'm not aware of that should be backed up. All I have ever used Entourage for is email and addressbook. Entourage has also been automatically backing up up on iDisk.


Thanks again.

Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    If you are accessing your .Mac account as an IMAP account with Entourage and are accessing your .Mac account as a .Mac or IMAP account with Mail, there is no reason you need to delete your .Mac account with Entourage.

    A .Mac type account with Mail is really and IMAP account and behaves in the same way.

    I've been using the Mail.app exclusively since Jaguar was first introduced but I also created and access my .Mac account as an IMAP account with Entourage which I access/use to check/test certain things on occasion.

    Deleting your .Mac account from Entourage will have no effect on your .Mac account in any way.
  • John Saffron Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Thanks for your reply. My Entourage account appears to be a POP account. Does this change anything about your suggestions?

    Is the Apple Mail account IMAP by definition? I haven't been able to find anything that shows that mine actually is or is not.

    If you are accessing your .Mac account as an IMAP
    account with Entourage and are accessing your .Mac
    account as a .Mac or IMAP account with Mail, there is
    no reason you need to delete your .Mac account with
    Entourage.

    A .Mac type account with Mail is really and IMAP
    account and behaves in the same way.

    I've been using the Mail.app exclusively since Jaguar
    was first introduced but I also created and access my
    .Mac account as an IMAP account with Entourage which
    I access/use to check/test certain things on
    occasion.

    Deleting your .Mac account from Entourage will have
    no effect on your .Mac account in any way.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    You're welcome.

    Deleting your .Mac account from Entourage will have no effect on your .Mac account in any way.

    When creating a .Mac account with the Mail.app, .Mac is the default account type which is really an IMAP account and behaves in the same way.

    You can also create the account as an IMAP or POP account depending on your preference.

    If your .Mac account is already created in Mail, at the menu bar go to Mail > Preferences > Accounts and under the Account Information tab for the account preferences will indicate the account type.
  • John Saffron Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Thank you once again. Much appreciated.

    I feel like an idiot, but what is the difference between IMAP and POP?
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    No problem - and as the saying goes, there are no dumb questions.

    A Google search is your friend. Performing a search with IMAP will provide more information that you probably care to know about the differences between IMAP and POP accounts but here are a couple of links with such a search.

    http://www.imap.org/

    http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2002/05/21/imap.html

    With a .Mac or IMAP account, received messages remain on the server until deleted. There is no setting to automatically remove messages from the server when downloaded/received as with a POP account and IMAP account server stored mailboxes with Mail or with any email client are synchronized with the server vs messages being downloaded only with a POP account.

    With a .Mac or IMAP account, you can also store Drafts, Sent, Trash and Junk messages on the server with Mail and create additional server stored mailboxes to save messages by category on the server.

    This is beneficial when accessing the account with an email client such as the Mail.app with multiple computers. Example - having a Desktop computer at the office and using a portable computer when traveling. Using the same account settings with Mail on both Macs, you can keep all server stored mailboxes/messages synchronized with Mail on both Macs so messages sent with the portable when away from the office will also be available with Mail on the Desktop.