Originally Posted by Splinemodel
My company uses outlook. When combined with the Windows-based Dell laptop I am issued, I can barely get anything done due to all the freezing. I'm thinking about buying a MacBook to do mostly work-related things, and I would like to know how successfully I can replace outlook with Mail+iCal. This is the only thing that I'm not sure the mac can replace easily.
- Has anyone done this?
- Has anyone done this also through a VPN?
I should note that I use Plaxo, and it does a wonderful job of synchronizing everything. I'm not worried about that aspect.
For one thing, Mac users that use Mail+iCal... I've seen them handle tens of thousands of email in Mail and hundreds of iCal events. I would consider myself using my Mac for work/productivity 30 hours per week. I wouldn't even want to consider Outlook (Last version I used was Outlook 2003).
If you have specifically very Microsoft Exchange Server - related things for work (like scheduling meetings and all that stuff and replying if you're going to meetings and other fiddly thingys) then consider Office 2008 (Entourage) (really).
What sort of tasks are you planning to do? First you need to see if your VPN is Mac compatible... For SMB, IMAP, etc.
If we're talking mostly organising your events in a calendar then sure iCal is great, iCal has the "autodetect" from words in an email (like "hope to see you Fri 24th April for the meeting"), you right click on it and create a new iCal event. iCal time zone support is pretty good as well. iCal is quite elegant and intuitive, seems quite basic but it grows on you.
And for mail if we're talking straight up IMAP and so on, then you'd be pretty surprised how powerful ~ well, just no nonsense ~ Apple Mail is. Once you organise your groups using Address Book then managing group email lists is pretty easy.
Spline I always thought you're a Mac user already? You have one at home I take it?
Do you use something like LDAP a lot to look up your company contacts? That part and the Microsoft Exchange Server integration bits I am not too sure about.
Curious, you're doing 3D work, right? What do you use your Dell laptop for...?