What is Mail?

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Mac OS X includes an application aptly named Mail to allow you to send and receive email messages.  As a key application of Mac OS X, Mail is much more than a simple email client.  Mail is able to leverage key features of the operating system and can integrate with numerous Mac OS X applications.
mail_icon.pngIndustry standards
Mail uses industry standard SMTP, POP3, and IMAP protocols.  It also supports Apple's own MobileMe service and Microsoft Exchange (via IMAP).  The iPhone and the iPod touch use a mobile version of Apple Mail.

Key Features
Mail is a versatile application that has a wide range of capabilities.  A few of its key features include:
  • Spotlight indexing
  • Data detectors
  • Smart mailboxes
  • Stationary
  • Multiple account support
  • Notes
  • To Do lists
  • RSS feeds
  • Rules
  • Photo browser
  • Signatures
  • Spam filter
  • Spelling checker
  • Sync settings with other Macs
Works with Mac OS X applications
Mail can work with integrated with numerous Mac OS X applications including Address Book, iCal and iChat.   If you use iPhoto to manage your photographs, you can easily send photos in an by using iPhoto's  'Share' menu.


  • May 2, 2009 - content revision
Created: 12:09 PM on Aug 18, 2008
By: switchtoamac