Feeds

MS revives Outlook for Mac

Entourage for the chop

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Microsoft is to bring back a Mac version of Outlook, a move that will see the end of its current Mac OS X email, PIM and collaboration offering, Entourage.

This app will be canned when the next major release of Mac Office ships in late 2010.

Entourage was released in 2000, part of Office 2001. Entourage nominally replaced email package Outlook Express, but delivered a more Outlook-like array of functionality. That was back in the Mac OS 8.5 era, and Entourage has since evolved to support OS X. The most recent version was released in January 2008.

For a while, MS offered a crude version of Outlook for the Mac, though it removed the email features - present in Outlook Express - when Office 98 was released.

Outlook, despite being compatible only with Mac OS 9, was available to download - as Outlook 2001 - long after the release of OS X and Mac users' shift away from Classic apps.

Entourage could, of course, have been Outlook, but at the time MS was facing criticism from Office users who increasingly saw the Mac version of the suite as a rough knock-off of the Windows version, especially given the un-Mac like nature of the product's UI. Entourage was intended to show that MS was serious about the needs of its Mac customers, who generated a tidy income for the software giant.

MS said the new Outlook has been built from scratch using Mac OS X's Cocoa API with full integration with Apple's Spotlight data search technology and Time Machine back-ups. It'll incorporate a new, fast database and support information access rights management.

MS said it was announcing Outlook's arrival so soon - more than 18 months from its release - "to meet the planning needs of enterprise customers". Clearly, big businesses want Outlook support on Macs in a way they never appear to have done before. Entourage's ousting implies they want full parity with the Windows version. All of which suggests Apple is doing better at selling Mac into business than it has traditionally been perceived as doing. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.