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# 21465 27-Apr-2008 22:21
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Whats the best non MS (Office) solution out there?

Couple of things;
I used MS Outlook 2007 before switching over to a new Macbook 3 weeks ago...just bought and installed Mac:Office 2008 and think it looks ghastly! 2004 looks way nicer to me....any alternatives? with MS exchange as the mail/cal server at work? and why doesn't Apple do something of it's own now or is that on the way now that MS has licensed the exchange stuff backend with the iphone?

Can MS Office excel/word users read iworks numbers/pages files?

Any other comment you might have?



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  # 126726 28-Apr-2008 10:26
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 That's funny...36 views but no ideas!?

So what are you Mac users using when they talk to exchange?

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  # 126744 28-Apr-2008 11:14
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motorwayne: ?That's funny...36 views but no ideas!?

Give it time...

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  # 126747 28-Apr-2008 11:31
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I use Entourage 08 on my iMac.  My partner uses Mail.  I've found Mail's Exchange integration to be lacking, but then so is Entourage.  It does mail and calendar/contacts well, but tasks don't sync at all.  Check out this sticky threat from for a discussion that's been going for a while:

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  # 126748 28-Apr-2008 11:37
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There is also this:

which is more of a comparitive article than the previous one i mentioned, but also has a lot of community comments from people using the software.

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  # 126849 28-Apr-2008 17:24
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Cheers gehenna,

iworks to me is not very friendly, i want to use it, but think that office 2004 word/excel, bar keynote, if you get the toolbars right, is actually a better to deal with product.

I wondered if Apple might make their own version of office now that they have license from MS for exchange hook up with the iphone. Would love to see the clean lines that Apple has had in an office suit.

Thanks for the link, I'll take a look.

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  # 126851 28-Apr-2008 17:31
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When I read the subject I thought you were looking for an Exchange Server replacement - there are quite a few around that provide collaboration, etc.

But then I noticed you actually are looing for a client.

Most IMAP clients should work ok. Also POP3/SMTP if your work place allows these types of connections...

But I can't remember anything that is a native Exchange client.

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  # 126858 28-Apr-2008 18:07
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I havent even tried, I just use Exchange webmail from my Mac if I need to, but having said that, I don't really use my Macbook for work at the moment.

I do have XP and Vista VMs and Office 2007 installed, and would simply use Outlook 2007 if I was doing a lot of work stuff.

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