Outlook 2010 Hates You

By Deane Barker on June 24, 2009

Outlook’s broken—Let’s fix it: Why would Microsoft do this?  It doesn’t make any sense.

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 […]

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.

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  1. FWIW – It might be nice to have MS fix the 2010 version, but Outlook 07 ALREADY behaves this way. It essentially is IE 5.5 under the hood.

    We’ve been doing 1995 style email design for the last 18 months and given the timeframes for switchovers of large IT shops, will ALREADY be supporting 07 for another 5 years ANYWAY.

    If outlook 10 continues, html email will probably be coded with 1995 coding “standards” for another decade if we want to reach outlook users.

  2. I’ve been using Entourage — the Office for Mac email component — for years, and recently moved to Outlook. Outlook, in one word, sucks. Almost everything I do on a regular basis in email is more difficult or impossible in Outlook.

    Those two departments in Redmond need to talk before they start ripping into 2010.

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