Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 arrives at the end of October, tempting us all with the powerful new Outlook 2011 email client (formerly called Entourage)--but the Home & Business Edition of the suite is $199. So why not take a second look at Mail, the free email client that Apple includes with every Mac? Mail is a capable application, but Apple likes to keep its software simple, so it lacks the advanced features of Outlook 2011 or even Entourage 2008. But with a few tips and some extra pieces of inexpensive software up your sleeve, you can beef up Apple Mail to be just as powerful as Microsoft’s email programs.
I’m having a strange problem with Apple Mail. Sometimes when new email messages arrive, I get the new mail sound. But other times when new email messages arrive, Mail doesn’t make any sounds at all. Any ideas as to what’s going on here?