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I have the same question The reason why they are not included is they are an almost useless feature which gives people false assurances, always a bad thing: 1 It doesn't work when the receiving email client does not have an automatic service that sends a reply. Therefore, if you don't get a reply you may incorrectly think it wasn't received, 2 It doesn't tell you that the recipient read the message anyway, only that his email client received it.
Therefore when you get the reply you may incorrectly believe that he read it when he hasn't. So - bad both ways round.
It's a really feeble protocol, and good that Entourage or Outlook does not pretend to implement it. The fact that Outlook for Windows implements it is an indication that the Windows developers, unlike the MacBU, seem to think that everybody else in the world uses Outlook for Windows, which they don't. The MacBU developers, being on a "minority" platform, know better, and are smarter in not implementing it.
To be a bit fairer, the Outlook for Windows approach probably reflects the fact that, originally, back in Office 95 for PCs, Outlook for Windows was an extension of an earlier client that worked only as intranet - something you used only with other people on your own Exchange server. Outlook for Windows started life doing the same thing - there used to be two modes - one for "Workgroups" on an Exchange server, and another for "Internet".
There were some poor decisions made when Outlook for Windows was extended to the Internet, that shouldn't be there.
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I'm using the latest version of the Outlook desktop app on a Mac. Alex Monterville Alex Monterville 13 6 6 bronze badges.
I concur and am extremely disappointed that read receipt function is not included in Outlook for Mac. Please address this issue at earliest. Read receipts and delivery notifications are available in only some versions of Outlook for Mac, and only when using an Office work or school account, or an.
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