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10.7: Mac Mail - Get the Outbox back
Authored by: benwiggy on Nov 18, '11 08:05:28AM
Surely the Outbox is a vestige from days when people weren't connected to the Internet all the time. Messages would sit there until you connected to the internet, and then they would be sent.
These days, messages are sent as soon as you ... err... send them, so there's no longer a need for this limbo.

"Many of us are very particular about email delivery and want to know if we have messages waiting to go out."
Isn't it more likely that many people assume their message has been sent, unless the Outbox appears?

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10.7: Mac Mail - Get the Outbox back
Authored by: arcticmac on Nov 18, '11 08:39:22AM

Some people travel a lot, and find that the internet is actually not always available everywhere. In fact, it turns out that there are quite a lot of places where it's not. Furthermore, some people have things like corporate email servers which require them to be connected to a VPN to send email when offsite, which they are often not, whether because of lack of an internet connection or other issues. The problem is compounded by the fact that when you are frequently offline, Mail seems to do a somewhat bad job at actually sending things when you do come back online. Or so one might suspect, but it's hard to verify and even harder to report bugs when the outbox isn't visible to _show_ that you've got waiting outbound messages.



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10.7: Mac Mail - Get the Outbox back
Authored by: Supp0rtLinux on Nov 18, '11 12:40:23PM

There's also the case where you're using Mac Mail to access an Exchange server and your Exchange presence is down (this is the problem I had yesterday which left me looking for an Outbox to verify delivery... or the lack thereof... and is what prompted my solution... yes, I'm the author of the hint). In this case, I had full internet connectivity, but the mail server was having problems and I needed to see the contents of the Outbox to know when things were working again, etc.



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10.7: Mac Mail - Get the Outbox back
Authored by: macnixer on Nov 20, '11 01:38:02PM

I have a corporate account that used to be like this in the old days. No VPN, no mail going out or coming. With time the corp IT changed and now we do not suffer the 'Outbox' issue.

The only times I really want to check my Outbox is when the mail does not go and that happens when there are problems and Mail shows me the box.

It is a nice to have option to show the outbox. I believe that Mail should have a setting to enable or disable it.



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