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Outlook for Mac 2011 replaced Entourage in the Microsoft Office Suite for Macintosh. This is a welcome upgrade for Entourage users and provides seamless integration for PC switchers and people in mixed computer environments who are used to Outlook for Windows. If you've been getting your email through Safari or Firefox, going nto websites such as Gmail.com, Comcast or AOL.com, turning to Outlook will give you a variety of new tools and techniques to efficiently and powerfully manage your email, calendar and contacts. You'll experience much better integration with your Macintosh's software.
For people who have already been using Entourage, Outlook modernizes your user experience. The tabbed Ribbon interface puts all the commands and options right at your fingertips. Outlook offers one significant upgrade for home users who are using Entourage. All of your messages, contacts, and calendar items are now stored as individual files instead of all in one giant database file. This has two benefits. First, Outlook is much less prone to crashes and corruption, and second, you can now use Time Machine to backup your Microsoft Office identities.
Since each new message is its own separate file, it won't take up increasing gigabytes of space on your external hard drive every hour when it backs up. You can also use Spotlight to search your email and contacts. For PC switchers, Outlook for Mac can now import PST files exported from Outlook for Windows, so you can migrate to your new computer effortlessly. For users in business environments, Outlook for Mac 2011 leverages the Exchange Web Services protocol and was built using Cocoa, which allows for complete integration with your colleagues, whether they're on Macs or PCs.
Your Mac will now work seamlessly in a PC environment using Exchange Server. Outlook also supports Microsoft's Information Rights Management or IRM, which allows senders to specify what recipients can or can't do with messages. Print them, forward them, and so on. All of these changes are welcome to Microsoft Office users, both Mac and PC. So, let's get started and learn how to use it.
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