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As much as we love adding new features to Outlook, for the maintainability of our product we sometimes need to remove those that are out of date and aren't utilized by a large number of users. This allows us to focus on improving the Outlook features that most of you, our customers, rely on.
The following are some features that we've removed from Outlook 2013, and we want to make sure you are aware so there aren't any surprises when you go to use or deploy the new version.
In Outlook 2013, we will no longer support "Classic Offline" Mode for Microsoft Exchange accounts. Users in this configuration will be upgraded to Cached Mode when they install Outlook 2013. For the vast majority of users this will mean no change to your Outlook experience. Details of Cached Mode in Outlook can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj683103.aspx
Exchange accounts will no longer be able to have their delivery location be a PST file (rather an .OST). Users in this configuration will be upgraded to Cached Mode (with an .OST file) when they install 2013. See the previous article for details about cached mode.
Users will no longer be able to publish calendars publicly to Office.com using Outlook 2013, and the Office.com calendar sharing service will be shutting down for older versions of Outlook as well. We will publish a follow-up blog post detailing the timeline for the service changes, as well as ways to get the same feature set using Exchange or Outlook.com.
VPN and dialup preferences are no longer independently configurable in Outlook. These options were previously located on the Send/Receive tab in Outlook 2010. As a workaround, affected users are encouraged to set these options system wide in the Windows Control Panel.
Outlook 2013 will no longer surface search results for mail and calendar items in Windows Explorer (or via the start menu). Users can still utilize all of Outlook's search functionality from within the app itself.
The Journal as a top-level module no longer exists in Outlook 2013. Journal entries can still be accessed via the Journal folder in the Folder List module. Also, the ability to 'auto-journal' your Outlook actions is gone in 2013.
Outlook has traditionally supported importing and exporting data to and from many different file formats. Many of the formats Outlook has supported are outdated and are no longer in mainstream use. Outlook will continue to support comma-separated-value (.csv) files as well as .PST files, but other file formats are no longer supported.
This list includes:
- ACT! Contact manager files
- Word 97-2003 (.doc)
- Excel 97-2003 (.xls)
- Outlook Express archives
The Contact Activities Tab is removed from Outlook 2013. This previously provided a way to "link" contacts with other Outlook items, and have them all roll-up in the Activities Tab. The Outlook Social Connector (introduced in Outlook 2010) replaces much of this functionality in a faster, more user friendly fashion.
--Justin Mahood, Outlook Program Manager
Sounds good, to eleminate no longer needed functions out of Outlook :-).
You have also removed the ability to view upcoming events on the ToDo bar. In 2013, it shows only the "peak" of today events - not the ones that are coming in the next days.
I don't believe that removing one of the most useful featues (see all the comments on other blogs about this entry) is the way to go. And especially hiding the fact itself by not posting in this list is not.
yes thats crap! please add a hotfix to fix that. i wan to see the upcoming events in the todo bar and the days on which are events should be highligthed in the mini calendar! AND it should support ALL calendars i'm using. so if i use 2 or more internet calendars all upcoming events should be displayed in the todo bar! please fix it! THANKS :)
the rest is all good .)
I can not believe that you disable the search via Windows! It is the best (and only!) way to find all the stuff I need! This is absolut ridiculous!
The new todo bar is crap. Please add the finctionality to show all upcoming events like in outlook 2010. And let the user decide if he will use it or not. But this feature will be very useful! And another thing is, that days in the mini calendar are not highlighted if are events on this day. That’s ***! Please release a hotfix for this. AND please do this for support multiple calenders, too. All events from all calendars (equal if internet calendar or local calendar!).. please fix it. THANKS :)
Ok. Appreciate the update. Looking forward to the general availability of Outlook 2013!!
yeah this was a very nice feature, I really miss it!
Also the ability to change the Sent and Deleted Items folder for IMAP Mailboxes is removed, which was very nice too.
I dont believe what I just read : you disabled the search via Windows Explorer !
One of the advantage to use Microsoft products is integration. Windows Search is suppose to allow me to search data from all applications on Windows, why to you break this ?
Do Outlook 2013 still use WIndows Search engine to index things ? If yes why on earth did you remove the search from Explorer ?
Frankly, when I use the Start menu search I'm almost _never_ looking for email, and I drives me nuts that email results drown out what I'm actually looking for. And the obscure search options make it hard to suppress email results. The within-Outlook search works better for email anyway; it's easy to be selective re: folders, etc.
IMHO, this is a _good_ change!
I agree with Jakub! However, To-Do bar butchering and color/theming issues aside, it's a polished, stable product. I'm somewhat surprised with the outcry of removing Outlook data from Windows Search. I never found this useful, but I see how others might. I look for files in Windows Explorer, and e-mails in Outlook.
Does this mean that if I upgrade to Office 2013, I can never open all of the .doc files that I created? Sure, I may not care about saving a new .doc file, but I have loads of old files that I would like to be able to re-open, e.g. an old tax record, my will, and so on. That's a bad regression in functionality, and doesn't fill me with confidence that anything I write in Word today will still be readable in 10 year from now.
I'm afraid that I've looked for this information, but I can't find any answers. Can someone explain to me what and how the "Working Elsewhere" tag is used for in the Calendar? When I'm "Working Elsewhere", does it show me as unavailable for scheduling? What was the thought process behind this new category?
@Macygin I imagine this is used to indicate that you are working, but not in the office. Out Of Office is generally interpreted to mean that you are away and unavailable. Working Elsewhere could mean that you are not physically in the office, but available for calls. If this is the intent, then it's a feature I have been hoping for.
Martin, this post has nothing to do with Word; it's about Outlook.
Word 2013 can still open, edit, and save Word 97-2003 (*.doc) files.
If you try to open very old Word files (say, Word 97 or Word 6.0) you might get an error message. If that happens, you can unblock the file with the information in support.microsoft.com/.../922849.
please fix problems like: synchronize contact groups from from outlook.com with outlook 2013 and fix the todo bar calendar to highlight days on which are events and please! add the ability to show all upcoming events in the todo bar! (or create a selection window where the users can decide which calendar dates they want so see in the todo bar and the counting of elements to shown. this would be very nice! :)