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Review of Microsoft Entourage for Mac: Not Quite Outlook

written by: twhatley•edited by: Linda Richter•updated: 10/15/2009

Entourage is an email client that is both competent and sophisticated. Entourage offers capable email handling combined with to-do list and calendars. In this review, we will find out if Entourage is the ideal candidate for a primary email client or just another good imitation of one.

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    First Impressions of Entourage

    Entourage is a program developed by Microsoft that offers many tools to effectively manage email on a Mac in a more streamlined way. Not only can you flag email, creating email categories and views are other ways to index the inbox.

    I was completely impressed with this program that uses automatic filters to perform many of the mundane actions that tie up your time. Another feature that you may find helpful is the automatic linking of messages to replies or parent messages, with the option to link other items as well; such as calendar items, to-do lists and projects.

    Entourage 2008 allows you to use Microsoft Word as an email editor. Coming from Microsoft, I fully expected it to collaborate with other Microsoft products such as Word and MSN instant messenger. What I didn’t expect was for the program to be so incredibly slow and annoying at times. The interface takes forever to load and searching the folders can be classified as a nightmare.

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    Entourage Features

    entourage · Support for POP, IMAP, Hotmail and MS Exchange email accounts

    · Customizable filter for junk mail that moves spam automatically to a junk mail folder

    · Support for Mac OS X 10.2.8 and later

    · Excellent HTML and plain text editors

    · Integration of email and calendar

    · Items linking automatically with relevant email messages

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    What's Good About It

    · Integration with Word as an HTML and plain text editor

    · Able to manage mail with categories, filters and linking of emails and items

    · Powerful junk mail filter that deletes spam automatically

    · Connects to Exchange servers and supports IMAP

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    The Not-So-Good

    · Slow user interface

    · Limited message templates

    · Less than stellar searching feature

    · Filters does not auto-organize messages

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    Rating Average

    Entourage 2008 is the Microsoft’s answer to Outlook for the Mac. The program comes with many features that we are to expect from Microsoft. This fact along would make it ideal if it wasn’t so incredibly slow. I am an impatient person and programs that takes this long to load wears thin on my nerves. For the more patient user, you may get great benefit and enjoyment out of Entourage. That is why I didn't rate it too harshly or unfairly; I can't let my own quirks about time stop me from admitting that this really is a great email program. It is now offered as part of the Microsoft Office suite for the Mac or as a stand-alone application.