Mail pain

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

One of the big at­trac­tions of Ap­ple de­vices for me has al­ways been that they let me get on with my work with­out get­ting in my way. Soft­ware that fo­cuses on let­ting me get my job done with­out dis­trac­tion or glitches is a big plus for me, and Ap­ple has done a great job over the years of de­liv­er­ing just that… un­til re­cently.

Mail in par­tic­u­lar is be­gin­ning to wind me up. There has been a se­ries of bugs over the last year and it seems as soon as one is fixed, an­other is in­tro­duced. The lat­est an­noy­ance is Mail show­ing read mes­sages as un­read (the blue dot next to the mes­sages doesn’t dis­ap­pear). Things work fine for ten min­utes and then I have to quit Mail or switch fold­ers to get it work­ing again. It doesn’t stop me do­ing my job but it’s an ir­ri­ta­tion and I’m be­gin­ning to ‘think flaky’ rather than ‘think dif­fer­ent’, which is not some­thing I usu­ally do with Ap­ple.

I have to hold my hands up and say that I have Mail plugged into our of­fice Ex­change server, which I guess puts me in the mi­nor­ity. It also means that I don’t have a huge choice of mail clients. Post­box, for ex­am­ple, looks re­ally in­ter­est­ing but I can’t use it with­out en­abling IMAP on the server which isn’t some­thing I can get done quickly. I moved to Ap­ple partly to get

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