November 22nd, 2004 • 6:01 am
I personally have always avoided Microsoft’s e-mail software like the plague. (It’s hard enough to rely on Word for word processing. I simply cannot imagine depending on Microsoft for e-mail communication.) Which explains why I so rarely report on Entourage in this blog.
Betalogue reader Nate, however, was kind enough to send me this link to his own blog entry on a recurring problem that he’s been experiencing with Microsoft Office 2004′s Database Daemon, the background application that Entourage relies on for real-time tasks such as calendar alarms, contact information synchronization between Office applications, etc.
It sounds like a pretty bad bug. I haven’t experienced it myself since I don’t run Database Daemon. (One of my first concerns immediately after installing Office 2004 was to make sure that the application was not included in my login items and would not try to run behind my back.)
While Apple’s Mail and Address Book and iCal applications have many flaws, one good thing about them is that they generally are quite reliable. I certainly don’t remember ever experiencing this type of application freeze due to cross-application synchronization issues.
Of course, using Apple’s own solution has the added benefit that other third party applications can use the Address Book and iCal data for their own purposes. If you are using Entourage, the usefulness of your calendar and contact information is limited to Microsoft’s own applications.
To put it succintly, Nate’s report does nothing to encourage me to give Entourage a try or recommend it to other people.