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Migrating from Outlook to Evolution

written by: jlwallen•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 2/28/2009

If you're a Windows user looking to migrate to Linux then you might be concerned about a replacement for Outlook. Fortunately there is an outstanding groupware client called Evolution. In this Bright Hub article you will see just how similar Evolution is to Outlook.

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    Main Window

    The Evolution Main Window
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    Main Window

    When you open Evolution you will be on the default application which is email. As you can see (in the image above), the layout should look quite familiar. By default the layout is a horizontal, two-pane email layout. Many users prefer a vertical layout. This can be changed by going to View - Preview - Vertical View.

    Like Outlook, Evolution has simple to use icons for all of the basic tasks for email:

    - New email

    - Send/Receive email

    - Reply, Reply to all

    - Forward

    - Delete

    - Print

    - Junk

    - Not Junk

    - Stop

    Notice that the New button has a drop-down arrow. This allows you to create new items from other applications within Evolution. If you click and hold the downward point arrow (to the right of the New button) you will a list of the new items you can create. Some of these items include:

    - Mail Message

    - Mail Folder

    - All day appointment

    - Assigned task

    - Contact

    - Meeting

    - Shared task

    and more.

    Of course you can create these same items if you are within the given application by clicking the New button. For example, if you are in the Calendar application you can create a new event by clicking the New button. If you are in the Tasks application you can create a new task by clicking the New button.

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    New Mail

    Creating New Mail
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    Creating a new email

    Once you click the New button in the email client a new window will open that should look very familiar (see the image above). As you can see the creation of an email is done is a very similar fashion to that of Outlook. Once you are done you simply click the Send button and your email is off.

    The same holds true for each application. Click the New button and the window you are greeted with will seem very familiar.

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    New Appointment

    New Appointment
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    Creating A New Appointment

    Click on the Calendar button in the button left corner of the Evolution window to open up the Calendar application. From there click on the New button to create a new appointment. From there it should be obvious what you need to do. If you've used Outlook, you'll feel right at home.

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    Final Thoughts

    The Evolution groupware suite was created to closely mimic Microsoft Outlook. This was done so that users could easily migrate from the proprietary, costly solution to an open, free solution. Evolution is an outstanding replacement that will make you feel right at home right away.