Say I want to quickly find all emails by one person.

In some email editors you can type "from: John" and it would understand that you are only interested in messages that John sent.

Is this possible with Outlook in OS X? What about Mail?

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Outlook 2011 for Mac can do that: just skip the space. So, from:John.

It shows your smart search options as you type. Click one of these (or just type them with the colon), and it'll search only that type of thing:

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Or, you can click in the quick search box, then click the "From" button in the "search" ribbon section that appears...

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...then type "John" in the different box that appears.

Less typing, but one extra click.

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