Before you can send and receive e-mail messages in Outlook, you must first add an account. Outlook for Mac 2011 supports the following kinds of accounts:
- Accounts managed by Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 with Update Rollup 4 (KB952580) and later versions.
- E-mail accounts from major providers such as AOL, Gmail, MobileMe, Windows Live Hotmail, and Yahoo. These services all use either the POP (POP: A common type of Internet-based mail account. Examples are Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail. After you add a POP account to Outlook, messages from the account appear in the folder list under On My Computer.) or IMAP (IMAP: A common type of Internet-based mail account such as Gmail, AOL Mail, and many others. Messages from these accounts appear in folders in the Outlook folder list, under the name of the account.) protocol.
- Any other POP or IMAP e-mail account, such as those offered by Internet service providers.
- Directory service accounts that use the LDAP (LDAP: An acronym for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, a protocol that provides access to Internet directories.) protocol.
- When you add an Exchange account, Outlook syncs your e-mail messages, calendar events, contacts, tasks, and notes with the Exchange server.
- With POP and IMAP e-mail accounts, e-mail messages are the only items (items: Units of information in Outlook, such as e-mail messages, calendar events, contacts, tasks, and notes.) that are synchronized between Outlook and the mail server. Other items that you create in Outlook — such as contacts, calendar events, tasks, and notes — are stored on your computer, not on the mail server.
Add an Exchange account
Add an e-mail account
Add a directory service (LDAP) account