Microsoft – Making it easier

Microsoft in 1984Remember back in 1984, when people were using Word to compose their e-mail messages that were sent around to colleagues and friends? We’ll chances are people will keep doing that in 2014 as well.

We’ve made the decision to continue to use Word for creating e-mail messages because we believe it’s the best e-mail authoring experience around, with rich tools that our Word customers have enjoyed for over 25 years. Our customers enjoy using a familiar and powerful tool for creating e-mail, just as they do for creating documents.

The Power of Word in Outlook

How do you want your e-mail experience to look like in the next five years? If you think Microsoft is on the right track, take no action. If you think they should switch to modern standards, send a tweet asking Microsoft to improve standards support and make sure you include fixoutlook.org in your tweet.

Or just switch to a better e-mail program.

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2 thoughts on “Microsoft – Making it easier

  1. Michael Lefevre

    Well yeah, it sucks, but I’m not sure what the solution is. fixoutlook.org (when its fancy home page got far enough loaded that my Firefox stopped being unresponsive) seem to suggest that the solution is for Microsoft to miraculously turn Word into a wysiwyg HTML editor better than anything that currently exists – is that realistic?

    As for switching to a better email program, Thunderbird is better in some ways, but trying to create HTML emails in Thunderbird is actually pretty horrible (trying to move blocks around within tables is hardly what anyone would consider following web standards), and in managing contacts, calendars, and a lot of other stuff, Thunderbird is really much worse than Outlook.

    We did a project at work where we wanted some nice-looking HTML emails, with clear text alternatives. After looking around, the only practical solution we found was to hand-code the HTML (and MIME, actually), so we did. That’s not going to work for everyone.

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  2. Screwtape

    Microsoft isn’t proposing to have Outlook send emails as Word documents, just to use Word as the HTML composer. Thus, as a non-Outlook user, the only effect this will have on me is whether Outlook users send me HTML poorly converted from Word, or HTML poorly converted from Windows’ native Rich Text control (which is what previous incarnations of Outlook used to compose mail).

    The people clamouring for this change (well, the ones who set up fixoutlook.org, not the bandwagon hoppers on twitter) are people whose livelihoods depend on the creation of electronic brochures for companies to send to their customers. Yes, it kinda sucks that these people will have yet another bastardized HTML renderer to deal with (above and beyond such notables as IE6 and Lotus Notes), but overall, there’s much more useful things to get people angry about.

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