A while back, we asked you what you wanted to know about Microsoft’s latest software suite, Office 2011. In return, we got a flood of queries about the new versions of Word, Excel, and Outlook. (We didn’t get too many questions about PowerPoint; perhaps they’d all been answered in our review.) A few weeks ago, we posted our answers to your Excel questions. It’s taken us a few more weeks, but we finally have some answers to your questions about Outlook 2011, the e-mail, calendaring, to-do, and contacts app. Stay tuned for our answers for Word 2011; they’ll be coming soon.
After years of using Windows (and Office), I’ve just switched to a Mac. Can I move my mailboxes and archived mail from my Windows installation to Office 2011? What about templates, rules, and other items contained in .nk2, .xml, .srs, .oft, and other file types?
Yes. You can import Windows PST and those other files to your Mac.
Will I still be able to use Entourage if I install Office 2011?
Is there an Entourage converter utility?
Outlook handles the data conversion natively.
Does Outlook still use Exchange Web Services (EWS) for e-mail? Or does it use WebDAV or MAPI?
Outlook uses EWS. The company says it has not plans to move to WebDAV or MAPI.
Can I view shared, editable calendars of coworkers on the same Exchange Server?
Outlook 2011 automatically consolidates multiple calendars—such as a shared Exchange calendar—in an overlay view. Among other things, it lets you compare schedules without switching windows.
Does Outlook support Kerberos authentication?
Will the new Outlook have push e-mail?
Outlook checks for new mail on the Exchange server every minute. Push notifications were added in Exchange 2010, and Microsoft says it’s looking at adding support for them in a future version of Outlook.
Will Outlook for Mac support Custom Distribution Groups at the server level?
No. Outlook for Mac doesn’t support personal distribution lists at this time.
Can Outlook sync with iCal?
No. (See “Will Outlook import directly from Apple Mail, iCal, and Address Book?” above.)
Does Outlook support CalDAV?
I keep a PC Outlook PST file on my USB drive at work. Will the new Outlook for Mac be able to read it and allow changes back home on my iMac and still cooperate with Outlook for Windows at work? In other words, can I shuttle the single PST file back and forth between OSs?
Yes, you can import the PST files to your Mac; they’ll be converted to OLM. You’ll then have to use an export tool to convert those files back to PST so they can be used on your PC.
Does Outlook 2011 have an Outlook Connector to connect to Windows Live accounts, like its Windows counterpart?
The Outlook Social Connector in Windows will not work with Outlook for Mac 2011. However, it will sync with Windows Live e-mail accounts through POP.
Does Outlook support Hotmail syncing?
Outlook 2011 will sync e-mail with Windows Live Hotmail accounts. However, it won’t sync calendars, contacts, or tasks from those accounts.
Can you open .msg files?
Does Outlook for Mac have the Journal feature found in the Windows version?
Do Outlook Notes share the same categories as the rest of the app?
Can you assign tasks or delegate task management?
Can you make Outlook use the Mac OS Address Book as the default contact list?
You can sync the two, bringing your Address Book into Outlook automatically.
Outlook for Windows allows you to configure the calendar pane so that two time zones appear. Does Outlook 2011 do this?
Does Outlook’s task manager support subtasks?
No, that isn’t supported on the Mac or on Windows.