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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love adding new features to Outlook, for the maintainability of our product we sometimes need to remove those that are out of date and aren't utilized by a large number of users.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 Many of the formats Outlook has supported are outdated and are no longer in mainstream use.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
"Outlook Express archives" - do you mean .mht (.mhtml, .eml) files? Just a few days ago I had to export one of my email messages to .mht file in order to print it (had issues printing it directly). Also I think .mht (Mime HTML) is the best document format ever! I save web pages into it from IE since 1998, and have many thousands of .mht files on my hard drive. And, btw, support for saving and opening of .mht files is one of the main reasons I'm not going to switch from IE to another web browser! :) If Microsoft were any smarter, they should have used and pushed .mht as a universal document format, instead of wasting time on .xps. It would easily thrash .pdf and others! :)
The weather is very annoying. It uses Bing weather and the forecast is completely wrong
can someone tell me why outlook 2013 creates automatically a todo "application/list" when i create a second calendar in outlook.com and synchronize it via EAS? so outlook 2013 creates the calendar and renamed it to "calendarname ", and when i go to folders i see that outlook creates a todo list with the same name of the calendar, but without the .. why did outlook that?? can i change this behaviour?
Removing desktop integrated email search? What are you thinking Microsoft? Desktop search is great solution that performs very well for locating documents and emails in one place and now you are taking it away. I have emails and documents going back to the mid 90's that I regularly search for with ease. Now you are going to make me search in 2 different places to accomplish the same task. I can't imagine the twisted logic behind this. Maybe there is a good reason but you have not presented it so I just assume it is another twisted decision made by someone that does not actually use the product.
Very unhappy about termination of "deliver to PST" option. In my corporation (and I'm sure many others) the OST network file size limits are set aggressively small, at least for high intensity email users. I've used PST files since MS Mail.
This will cause me not to upgrade to Outlook 2013, though, until a 3rd party comes up with an add-in to remedy this design fault.
for what reason did you drop journaling? this was my most used feature in outlook (besides reading emails) ...
is there any alternative for journaling users?
sad moment for me ...
how can i use the other accounts in outlook.com in outlook 2013 for sending email?
in outlook.com i created a other account for sending email, but i can this email only use in the web application, but i want this to use in outlook 2013. but how??
but I love the journal............
i also like to see email messages when I search via the start menu!
Hi There!! If you look at the top orange bar, you will see a drop-down list called "Application Blogs", go ahead, click on it! Then, click "Outlook" and look for the blog post titled "Put the Power of Outlook 2013 behind your Outlook.com email". I think you may find the answer to what you're looking for! Hope this helped.
Same here..... :(
Are stuff like this being taught in Microsoft office training? I've seen a website, <a href="www.netwind.com/.../training-microsoft-office.html">click here</a> and i wonder if this is needed. Our company uses Outlook and i want to make sure that i know everything about it since i am just new to this and i am an email avid user.
Windows 8 lost the start menu as "users didn't user it" and so do some Office features. Usability seems to be overrated by most users.
I agree this is a HUGE step backwards. In a business context I regulalry need to search across emails and documents. . For years now the move has been towards aggregated search results from Mutiple repositories in order to improve productivity and decision making. Taking this away will be the fundamental reason as to why I will not upgrade until I have to.
Additionally, for unknown reasons, Ive found that Outlook 2010 search (which seems a little flakey) is less responsive than Windows Explorer Search.
Why are you ruining our lives after we've been duped into using Outlook.com? This has been going on for at least a month. Now we're told to delete our email account on all our devices and Outlook 2010 AND 2013. Tell them after we've done that wait for a response (which we'll have to go online to retrieve) then " manually add it back as a POP account which won't sync calendars, contacts, or most of our email we were duped into receiving "all in one place". YOU SUCK!!! I LOVED Outlook and Outlook.com because it worked beautifully for 6 months. Now it's not only useless. No one at Microsoft gives a damn. The outrageous process users are now being told to go through in fruitless attempts to just get their email is bizarre. The Microsoft website instructions for using Outlook.com remain online snaring more of the public into this nightmarish trap. What the forum mods are telling us to do is completely different from what the public is directed to do. It's not just Outlook 2013. Our phones, including Windows 8 phones are unable to contact the server. This "too many devices are syncing" error shuts down the Outlook programs when just a single PC is used. Believe me, I've stripped it from everything but my PC. I've disconnected all the apps, deleted every folder that wasn't there by default, had my account "reset on the backend:" multiple times to no avail. I'm just one of thousands of users who's lives and businesses are being turned upside down. The only way to communicate with tech support is to post in these forums and wait for one of the mods to tell you you're an idiot for using Office 2013 preview with important data. But this is happening to 2010 customers, Windows 8 owners, everything that is connected to both Outlook.com and Hotmail. WHY are you still promoting and encouraging people to move to Outlook.com/hotmail when it's just going to screw up their lives? Why won't anyone at Microsoft even acknowledge this total malfunction, much less fix it. Apple was ripped to shreds for dropping Google Maps on the IO6 update. They publicly acknowledged the blunder, got on the stick, and the app was soon offered again for free to all users. Is the media afraid to take on Microsoft? This isn't just a change to the format, like Facebook and YouTube get flack for doing. This is a true injustice and show of indifference and incompetence. But nobody cares! Tell a tech geek about these woes and they'll glibly tell you "well, Outlook never did work for me. I don't use it so how would I know how to fix it?" Thanks, for telling me I'm an idiot.!