Outlook 2010 sucks…and it hasn’t even been released yet…[Fail Whale sighting]

  • June 24, 2009 12:25 pm

Many of you whom are proficient in web standards, or at least know what they are, know that the last year or so has been full of hype by various browser development teams as to the speed and ability to adhere to web standards know that Microsoft and their ugly step child, Internet Explorer are usually at the bottom of the totem pole. Shifting to a slightly different market, Outlook has been one of Microsoft’s greatest achievements in terms of email application marketshare as corporations worldwide have latched on the now standard application. However, just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s the best. Similarly, the new version of office in development, Outlook 2010, shouldn’t be automatically considered better than previous iterations — because it isn’t. Am I saying that Microsoft is going backwards with a new product?

As the picture clearly shows, Microsoft is actually taking a step backwards (maybe 5) in regards to HTML compliance in Outlook 2010. The difference between the screen shots isn’t necessarily “night & day”, but it is easily noticeable none the less. Why Microsoft continually ignores web standards is beyond me. Maybe they think they’re too good and that since they’re the supreme computer software god (general opinion…not mine), they can make their own rules. If you don’t believe that this situation is beyond terrible, take a couple minutes to visit Fix Outlook, a website specifically set up to gather comments from around the world pleading with Microsoft to for once, do something that would actually benefit others. From Fix Outlook:

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.

Join 5,927 others asking Microsoft to improve standards support and make sure you include fixoutlook.org in your tweet. We’ll pull together every tweet that includes the link here to give Microsoft a unified message from the community.

Does the lack of legitimate and web standards compliance in Outlook, or even in a broader scope, any of Microsoft’s products annoy you just a little? I know it bugs me. With what seems like everyone else striving to provide the “truest” representation of the internet, Microsoft’s constant ignorance may in fact one day be their downfall. If you care about web standards and actually seeing HTML content the way it was intended, voice yourselves at Fix Outlook as well getting verbal on Twitter.

Source: Tech Crunch



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  • James

    The world moved, and its going to be 2010 now. that tens years mates. so give it up already

  • Draconian

    I have installed Office 2010 beta and it real sucks!!!!!
    It`s hard to find all the buttons and the layout is so ugly.

  • Michael

    Can you say BETA?

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