Mac OS X Leopard’s new Mail 3.0

“Mail in Mac OS X has progressively grown from the simple mail client Apple included with the first builds of Mac OS X into one of the best email solutions for the Mac, and certainly the most popular. As the default app for email on the Mac, Mail gets lots of feature requests and lots of complaints when things don’t work as expected. For example, Mail 2.0 in Tiger drew gasps from its use of nonstandard toolbar icons that grouped functions together in bubbles. Apple has significantly updated Mail for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, introducing support for Notes, To Do reminders, RSS feeds, Data Detectors, and HTML Statonery,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.

McLean covers:
• Mail’s Origins
• The Macintosh Office
• Steve Jobs’ NeXTMail
• Microsoft’s Exchange and Lotus Notes
• Apple’s PowerTalk and CyberDog
• NeXTMail at Apple
• Mail in Mac OS X
• Tiger Mail 2.0
• Leopard’s New Mail
• To Do Reminders
• Apple Data Detectors
• Take Notes
• RSS Feed Reader
• New Mail Source List

Full extensive article, with screenshots, here.

41 Comments

  1. Too bad for the Mail.app team that most people these days use webmail for their non-corporate email needs. POP3/SMTP mail is just too difficult for most people to set up and too limiting. Who wants to be restricted to getting their email from one computer? It would be huge news if Apple started offering free webmail accounts with OS X. Mail.app itself is just an anachronism.

  2. Yep, its called .Mac. If you use it, there is no messy setup, just input your name/pw and Mail does the rest. Webmail has a lot of disadvantages to stand-alone applications such as Mail. I’m not saying it isn’t powerful and attractive (I’m a gmail user), but at least with .Mac you get amazing integration with limited setup hassle.

  3. For some people Mail is useless, but I still know a lot of people that use it.

    Personally, I just have everything set up to be forwarded to my Gmail account, which I just use through the webmail interface so that I don’t have to worry about what computer I’m using to access it, it will be the same everywhere.

    But for someone who just uses one computer and has the know-how to set it up, Mail is still a very useful application.

  4. Sorry to dissapoint, but I’ve been using POP email for over 10 years, and I still prefer it over web-based mail.

    While web-based mail is good, whenever you’re a business user (and “business users” does NOT mean MS Exchange. POP and IMAP have been there way before), I find a desktop client more convenient.

    I’ve been a long time Netscape Mail user (since Netscape 3), going through all Netscape versions, Thnderbird (for Linux and Mac) and finally tried Mail.app, which I find the best mail client I’ve used so far.

    I can’t wait for the new version of Mail, since it has a lot of features I can really use.

  5. It’s not an either or issue – I use both.
    My hosting company provides webmail and I have entourage setup to download my mail but not to delete it from the server. That way if I need to access my email I simply go to mail.<domainname>.com and login in.

    This way I get a rich mail experience on my client machine, but still have the flexibility of webmail.

    .MAC has some nice features but they need to drop the price. $100 a year is way to much.

  6. Web based mail if for kids, teens, bloggers, unimportant stuff. A joke.

    You have to have your mail in your possession, archived, retrievable, data base-able, present for legal fights, etc.

    Kiddies, yes, take your little web email programs, your gmail, whatever, and tap away all you want.

    Apple’s email is great.

  7. I agree that client-based email is the way to go, and I use web-based email in a pinch. It’s great having your mail on your MacBook Pro’s hard drive when you’re traveling, and often I use spare moments while I have no network to clean up my inbox and send out a few replies which will be queued up for when I’m later on a network. Plus, there’s all the capabilities of a client – easy folder organization, smart mailboxes, offline storage, spotlight, integration with Address Book, integration with mailto: links, etc.

    Now… why can’t someone come up with a way to instantly configure POP & IMAP clients? Something like a little file you download from your mail provider’s website which will create a new account within Mail. Or why can’t Mail do this — you put in your email address, and it fetches the appropriate parameters?

    One last gripe about Mail. I can’t set up a non-use account. I have a few accounts that I have for SMTP sending only (so that my From address is different than normal), but I don’t ever receive email there. An example is that I’m a webmaster at a site, but the email to webmaster gets auto-forwarded to my regular account. However, I do at times want to send out as if I’m from that webmaster address, but in order to set it up I need to put in a dummy POP server account.

  8. Mail 3’s new features are nothing more than window dressing. When is Apple going to provide a way to synch Mail (database), Address Book and Safari Bookmarks between computers without having to go through .Mac? Sheesh…Apple can create amazing software for video and images, but cannot provide these very basic features.

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