November hasn't been a great month for Mac mail reliability. First came problems with Mavericks and Mail.app's questionable support for Gmail and other IMAP mail services. Apple released a bit of a fix for it in early November. That fix didn't solve everything and the problems with mail on Macs continue.
According to ZDNet readers, Mail.app on OS X Mavericks is having trouble with missing commas in Cc: and Bcc: fields, as well as, slow performance when opening some attachments.
And then there's Microsoft Outlook.
In a recent MacWindows blog post, Editor John Rizzo details the sync problems with Outlook on Mavericks and a workaround by using Microsoft Exchange Online (which costs $4 a month). I also pointed to this workaround in a post last week about issues with Mavericks and MS Office for Mac.
However, Rizzo offers another workaround by running Outlook for Windows in a number of virtualization choices. He suggests that it may not be for everyone.
There is one more (though more complicated) workaround: run Outlook for Windows on your Mac in a Windows virtual machine using Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, or Oracle VirtualBox. Although Apple has removed Sync services from OS X, it continues to offer Sync Services for Windows, including Windows 8. Sync Services is included in the current version of iTunes for Windows, so you can do direct iOS-to-Windows syncing. Admittedly, installing Windows in a virtualization environment just to direct-sync iPhone to Outlook is a lot of expense in terms of dollars and Mac resources. But if you're already running Outlook for Windows in a virtual machine, this is an easy solution.
Rizzo writes that there has been some speculation that Microsoft will add CalDAV and CardDAV support to Outlook for Mac. Or not.
Considering that these protocols are open standards that first appeared in Macs in 2005 with OS X 10.5 Leopard, it's not likely we'll see adoption of CalDAV and CardDAV from Redmond anytime soon.