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Hi! You’ve found the new home of the Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog, your one-stop-shop for tips, tricks, and rants directly from the Outlook product team here at Microsoft.
You may have seen some of our team members’ individual blogs out on the web, covering specific areas such as time management, search, and our extensibility platform.
Now that we’re working on our next release we’ve decided to create a team blog where we can talk about a wider range of topics. We look forward to having folks from all across the team posting about the tons of different features and functionality in Outlook.
We want to make it easier for everyone to find information, directly from the source, about the way Outlook works and how to get the most out of our product. We’ll be talking about what we’re working on, how we decide what to do next, and cool things you can do with the product.
For now, we’ll be communicating mostly about the current release, Outlook 2007. When the time is right, we’ll begin to transition to discussing details of the next release of Office and Outlook so you can learn more about what will be coming in the future.
We’ll all do our best to make sure this blog is a useful resource for the Outlook community and that our posts are topical and enjoyable. If you have a particular topic you want to know more about, or feedback on how we’re doing, use the EMAIL link at the top of the page to send us feedback. If you want to comment about a particular post, use the comment feature directly on that post.
We’re all looking forward to helping you learn more about Outlook and enabling you to use our favorite product more productively.
Thanks and happy reading!
Awesome! Can you guys fix the speed issues and make desktop actually search my large PST file on vista?
Here are a couple of things that I thought would get fixed in Outlook 2007, but sadly they didn't, so I hope they could be incorportated through a future Service Pack or by indivudual hot-fixes: 1. Whenever I enter a contact's Birthday, it automatically appears in the Calendar, which is nice. However, it doesn't display the contact's age. Of course, each year should display the right age.
For example, if I have a contact named John Doe, who was born on June 30, 1980, then in year 2006 it should display "John Doe's 26th Birthday", and in year 2007 it should display "John Doe's 27th Birthday" and so on. 2. There should be a seperation between Contacts' Emails and Faxes. Whenever I need to include several contacts in a new email message, and I click on the "To" button, I get to see both Emails & Faxes. There should be options for the user to "display Emails only", "Display Faxes Only" or "Display Emails & Faxes". Hope you guys incorporate these changes soon,
I subscribed too.
Here's a feature-request I really would love to see in upcoming versions of Outlook:
Make it possible to sync with a variety of sources. For instance: I got an Exchange Server here, but actually I do not need it because everything I need is in pieces out in the cloud. Google Calender Sync e.g. would be great
Great to see you here. I had been a happy user of Outlook for years but was sadly forced to switch to Barca 2.5 by Poco Systems. It starts up and checks my mail accounts withing seconds and has a superfast search engine without forcing you to run the cpu\disk expensive microsoft desktop search to do it. Unfortunately, office 2007 is currently utterly frustrating in these regards. Even with the latest fixes, it takes up to a full minute to get up-to-speed and check my mail at startup! Without installing MDSearch, searching through my years of email seems to take centuries and worse still it starts from the oldest to the newest which is rarely, if ever, preferred. Please win me back to Outlook guys with some savvy fixes!
welcome :) I subscribe this blog
I would be happy with Outlook, if it could handle large storage of email data. Contrary to Jessica Arnold's notion that users should not use OL as a file dump, these days, in some business sectors, email needs to be stored for many years, because it is a written record of client communication. In the two law firms I've worked at in the last 10 years, it is common for every important email to be printed out, and stored in hardcopy in a file. Ideally, we would just keep it stored in electronic format, but Outlook can't handle anything practically over a 2GB pst file. Sure, it is advertised as being capable of more, but the reality is different from the promise. I don't need more fancy features. What's there is fine. I just need OL to be capable of storing and handling large volumes of email, upwards of 10GB or 20GB. It no longer is a simplistic option to ask people to delete emails from their inbox to keep it small. In our business, we need to keep records of written correspondence, which, these days, is happening more and more by email.
One way to help both users and the MS marketing effort is to talk about the possible synergies of using Outlook and OneNote. A prior comment states that Outlook is the only Office app that the writer uses every day; some would say that about OneNote. Unfortunately, neither MS nor the other after-market how-to book publishers have given OneNote any significant attention.
We are unfortunatly a Lotus Domino shop (Cough cough, embarasment) with that said we use Outlook with the MS Connector. Are there plans to provide a new connector for Domino with Outlook 2007. This is what is keeping us from moving to Office 2007 at this time. Thanks
Nothing wrong with using Notes. Plenty of positive features in Notes Mail, and more to come in the next release! We have just completed the switch from Lotus Notes to Outlook 2003. Release timing for 2007 sucked for our migration. So, I hope that this blog will also cater to the Outlook 2003 users!
I find it funny that the RSS feed for this site doesn't work in my O2K7...
Can anyone explain why the Outlook 2007 post form message body is read only on existing items? Edit message is gone and revised contents deletes the original and creates a new item. All the other forms allow for the message body to be edited: note, journal, appt, task etc... Is this a bug, oversite or requested feature?
Glad to see this blog up. I hope it will also be useful for Outlook 2k3 users.
Outlook 2003 Calendar Sync issue.
I have been using Outlook 2003 with all updates. When sync to Treo 700W, calendar data prior to mid June is gone on Treo but still present on PC. Calendar data after mid June updates okay. System is Windows XP Pro with Microsoft ActiveSync V4.5, Treo 700W with Microsoft Mobile Windows V5.0
This has been working in the past and wondering if some Microsoft auto update has caused this problem.
The Tracking Tab does not appear sent e-mails using Outlook 2003 in Vista. How doe I turn this feature on? Cheers Jimbo