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Microsoft Outlook [Jun. 1st, 2007|01:56 pm]
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Well, my hatred of this product since we switched to it at work has been overwhelming. It drives me to drink that I love gmail and Outlook is like the evil anti-gmail. Why?

Because you must micromanage all mail. Archive? Well, that means you can't get to it from more than one computer usually. Archive large files? Sorry, no, this corrupts your mailbox.

Then there is the assclown calendaring system. Could they just have a database that keeps track of who is going? no! You must get and email and accept in email and get notified by each person each time a meeting updates or changes and respond by email. Otherwise your calendar doesn't update.

So, I took a class yesterday on how to manage my life better using outlook. The concept was good. The software, not as much, but it is helping me focus on ignoring how much I hate Outlook and just doing what I need to do instead of cursing it out. It also helps me to use my gmail and love it. Love being able to find things when I search. I love how simple it is. It is so easy to get to zero email from any machine. I wish we could use their technology for corporate email. Also, do I get in email jail for large files from them? Ummm no. I have more space for free from google than I can get from my company.

I am hardly alone in my observations about how terrible Outlook is when compared to free web based email services. Why should email NOT be web based? It is so much better when you aren't relying on one computer.

[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2007-06-01 09:50 pm (UTC)
I used to have to use Outlook at work and I completely sympathise with you. It SUCKS!!! I'm so glad the only computer we had it on no longer works and I don't have to deal with it anymore. What a horrible program.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-06-03 10:10 pm (UTC)

I guess I'm strange. I just want web based email that is easy to search, like gmail. Archiving rocks, and it doesn't take all freaking year to load either.

I have to say that MS Office is good in some ways, but Outlook is not one of those ways in Lanetteland.
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[User Picture]From: novemberstorms
2007-06-02 05:33 am (UTC)

I, the non-geek friend...

...absolutely love Outlook. But I have bene using it for years...I love the new 2007 version...however I love the new Office Suite 2007. It will get better, I promise...just embrace it...LOL!

But... I would love it better if it could be accessible frommore than one computer without the use of hotsyncing your device.

Are you using Vista yet? We have it at work. I am not crazy about it. I am looking for a second laptop that has XP Pro because I am perfectly happy with it at home!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-06-03 10:07 pm (UTC)

Re: I, the non-geek friend...

Do you host meetings using the calendaring system? This is my main point of irritation (well, there are many points).

We are getting 2007 soon and hopefully I don't hate it as much as 2003, but unless it has been redesigned around a different concept, I'm pretty sure I'll still hate it. I find it has very old fashioned thinking that went into the design, which is the same reason I hate Vista. It's overly complicated and invasive for no reason. I see that they want to present options for the user, but instead what they do is block main user workflows with unneeded steps and irritation just so that more advanced users can configure further. It's like robbing Jesus to pay Paul. Then again, their priority is always corporations first, end users (maybe somewhere in there?) ;)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-06-04 12:57 am (UTC)

Re: I, the non-geek friend...

Oh, I forgot to say, I have been using Vista since before it was beta for testing. In general, I don't see much reason to upgrade from XP unless you have a very new machine with lots of extra resources and you don't mind configuring it a whole bunch to stop it from slowing down your new machine too much.

Then again, my next new machine will be a mac for sure, so take that into consideration. :)
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[User Picture]From: slypinin
2007-06-02 08:34 pm (UTC)


Yes, Ouchlook is a little weird. I spend hours supporting our users with its quirks and problems.

Try to use the forms to make it act more like the mail programs you like.

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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-06-03 10:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Ouchlook

I'm trying to use the tasks as the class taught me. I had set up many rules, but it never followed them as I expected. I'm learning to be more liberal with the delete option.
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[User Picture]From: druidesskat
2007-06-03 06:55 pm (UTC)
I got all confuzzled cuz I use outlook at home FOR my gmail accts.
I hope it gets easier for ya hon!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-06-03 10:11 pm (UTC)
I prefer to use a web based interface into the server whenever possible. Mostly because I'm always on different machines. Being chained to one machine is SO 1997. ;)
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[User Picture]From: druidesskat
2007-06-04 11:35 am (UTC)
1997 huh?

I'm making progress!
They used to tell me it's not 1987 anymore!
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From: el_corn_grande
2007-06-05 01:26 am (UTC)

Outlook Web Access

You can access email on your Exchange server over the web. It's what we use at MS.

If you want archived/downloaded email to be accessible from multiple machines on the corp network, then put your archive and personal mailbox files on a share.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-06-05 02:09 am (UTC)

Re: Outlook Web Access

I do use Outlook Web Access. It still is not cool like gmail as far as simplicity and ability to easily archive and search your email.

I no longer believe in personal mailboxes. I will either delete or organize on the server to avoid managing them.
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