Outlook woes, keeping local copy or syncing with Gmail

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indijay

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Hello folks,

Many of us at work are using Macs, now there will be a major revamp from 1st Jan and all macs will be discarded. We will be given windows laptops. Our email system will be switched over to MS exchange server and we will be provided with only 50mb of space, no argument, not a single byte more. On the top of that, there will be no POP access to emails or no email forwarding will be allowed (due to some data retention issues). So far we had pop access, so no problem for those of us who were traveling used to download emails in Gmail so that connectivity to our company server should not become an issue. (our company email server is pretty badly maintained and they claim as its one of the reason that they are changing to exchange server)

OK, now the problem here, we all mac users are in hot soup as we have no clue of Outlook but we are learning, no complaints as we are not mac fanboys. We all certainly complain about 50mb restriction and no email downloading abilities. We were suggested to download locally on laptop hard disk..

So here goes first question, how can someone download email messages locally using Outlook 2007, when exchange server allows only IMAP access?

Or better, if syncing with gmail is possible so that we don't breach law of data retention yet we have the email when company server is down. Our IT folks are overloaded but high up in the food chain people think that they are lazy.. what can you say?

Thanks a lot in advance.

Bonus question, In Outlooks Web app, you get threaded view of emails, is there any way that you get such view in Outlook 2007 too?
 
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