Outlook's broken

by Volker Weber


Microsoft have confirmed they plan on using the Word rendering engine to display HTML emails in Outlook 2010.

This means for the next 5 years your email designs will need tables for layout, have no support for CSS like float and position, no background images and lots more. Want proof? Here’s the same email in Outlook 2000 & 2010.

Outlook 2010 is still in beta and Microsoft wants your feedback. It’s time to rally together and encourage Microsoft to embrace web standards before it’s too late.

Let’s use Twitter to send a clear message to Microsoft.

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die seite ist cool gemacht!

meinungsbildung/ -äußerung in echtzeit! ;-)

ludwig coenen, 2009-06-24

Rofl, so what...

Use plaint text mails!
Use Thunderbird or any other mail progs except outlook :)

Marcel Tietze, 2009-06-24

Who needs HTML mails anyways?

Ralf Stellmacher, 2009-06-24

HTML is the devil. You should all be using Gopher.

Volker Weber, 2009-06-24

I thought that change happened in Outlook 2007?

Carl Tyler, 2009-06-24

prehaps not a bad move if IE is no longer in the OS on some EU machines in the future.

Not sure how removed IE will be but if the rending engine is gone this will help.

Wonder how well the notes client does if IE is gone ?

Flemming Riis, 2009-06-24

Yeah, the Word renderer was used beginning in o2007.

Looks like Microsoft was jealous of the way that Notes 7 and earlier displayed emails (crappily)....

Craig Wiseman, 2009-06-24

I don't care about Outlook, but you should be flayed for inflicting that horrible website on your readers. :-p

Charles Robinson, 2009-06-24

Has anyone here used / tested Apple Mail in the Snow Leopard betas that are available in some spots? I hear Snow Leopard will support Exchange in the native apps, so I presume Apple Mail will be able to do more than OWA which it does today already. Is Apple Mail going to use MAPI? Has anyone tested this by any stretch of luck?
(At work I used Apple Mail with OWA but it has terrible issues with the umlauts for people's names, it looks totally broken - and the lack of a calendar integration made it difficult to keep using it...)

Alexander Koch, 2009-06-24

- Is Apple Mail going to use MAPI?

Havent tested it but since it only support Ex2007 it must be using EWS aka no mapi put http(s)

Flemming Riis, 2009-06-24

On a somewhat related note, I am doing my little bit for better email rendering by releasing iFidelity today and offering a free license to IBM BPs who sell or work with any Lotus products. With luck, we can address some of the limitations of Lotus Notes email rendering so that at least Notes+iFidelity is substantially better than Outlook 2007/2010. See http://www.GeniiSoft.com/showcase.nsf/archive/20090624-1239 for the offer.

Ben Langhinrichs, 2009-06-24

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