Mac Mail vs Outlook 2016
Deciding between Mac Outlook and Mac Mail and not sure which one will work better for your emailing needs? This article will help you make up your mind and know Mac Mail vs Outlook 2016 for Mac.
Outlook is Paid, Mail is Free
First thing first, Mac Outlook is a paid application from Microsoft that you can buy as the sole application or as a subscription service called Office 365. Apple Mail on the other hand is a default email client that comes with every Mac computer and is free. Therefore, if you already have Mac Outlook, you can also use Mac Mail at the same time. Because both clients have their own pros and cons.
Outlook is a complete Information Manager; Mail is an Email Client
Secondly, Mac Outlook is a complete personal information manager (PIM), while Mac Mail is just an email client. Mail offers only a subset of Outlook features. Therefore, in a sense, they are not up for comparison, but this post will focus solely on the emailing needs of users and which one works better.
Apple’s de Facto client
Since Apple Mail is a client that comes pre-installed in Mac and is developed by Apple itself. It has a nice compatibility with the other Mac apps and Mac environment (OS X). If you like the Apple ecosystem, you might find sticking with Apple Mail as the best thing for you. If you use iPhone and iPad, you are already drenched in the Apple Ecosystem. Thus Apple Mail might be a better option for you.
Outlook as part of Office for Mac and Windows
Outlook for Mac can be purchased as only the email client. But it also comes as part of the entire Microsoft Office suite. So, if you use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other such apps, it makes sense for you to also opt for Outlook as your email client. It will offer a better compatibility with the rest of the Office apps than Mac Mail can with the similar Office apps.
365 Office Subscription
Microsoft also offers Office apps as part of the subscription plans as opposed to software products. There are plans that you can buy (monthly or yearly) that gives you the access to all the Office apps (or the ones you choose) in both Mac and Windows for up to 5 machines (depending on your exact subscription plan).
Outlook Users More Resources
Since Outlook is more than an email client like Apple Mail, it is obvious that it would be using more CPU resources than Apple Mail. Therefore, if you don’t frequently use other features of Outlook like to-do, tasks list, calendar, etc. it may not be a wise idea to keep a heavy application running. Apple Mail, on the other hand, has different apps for Calendar, contacts, and other items and therefore the resources used for running them are divided.
User-Interface and Features for Email
As for the interface of both clients, it is a subjective opinion about which one is better. Some users say that Outlook has a cleaner, more friendly interface. Whereas, the other camp loves the minimalistic UI of Apple Mail, more so because it matches the rest of the Apple OS X environment. The features of both email clients are also not that different when it comes to managing, sending, and receiving emails.