Have I mentioned I hate Outlook 2007?

Outlook Must DieHave I mentioned how much I hate Outlook 2007 lately?

  1. Daylight Savings Time: I knew that there would be issues with the Daylight Savings Times this year… but figured my calendar would be safe since I use Google Calendar to manage my appointments and whatnot. WRONG. Outlook 2007 has decided to be really, REALLY helpful and change the time of all of my appointments so that they appear an hour later. Never mind the fact that all of the events show the proper time in Google Calendar.
  2. Performance: I almost laughed typing that word. Performance and reliability are atrocious. Every time I shut down this infernal application and reopen it, I get this lovely error that says a ‘data file was closed improperly’ and that Outlook will need to scan it for corruption. Said scan takes hours. I have 4Gb RAM installed on my system. Every time I restart Outlook the same error occurs. I have no idea if my data is safe…
  3. Instant Search: I want you to go away and die. I know you want me to click you and download Windows Desktop Search so the two of you can play together, but I did that once, and the two of you brought my system to it’s knees. I want to turn you off. I should have an option to turn you off, but the only way I’ve seen to get rid of you is by installing Windows Desktop Search. Curse you.
  4. Internet Calendars: Did I mention Outlook 2007 screwed up my calendars? Thankfully Outlook 2007 can’t write to my online calendars, otherwise I would’ve been really screwed. With the DST update, all of the appointments in calendars I am subscribed to got modified locally. All appointments are now an hour later than they actually should be.

I want to like Outlook 2007, really. I am really, really trying. But this application is grating my last nerves. I’m hoping a decrease in RAM will help some. A coworker recently got a computer with Vista infected, err, pre-installed with only 1Gb RAM, so I am going to give him 2 1Gb DDR2-4200 sticks in exchange for his two 512Mb DDR-4200 sticks. I have a feeling, though, I may be downgrading soon. I can’t stand this application much longer.

63 Replies to “Have I mentioned I hate Outlook 2007?”

  1. Blueskyswan 04.25.2008 at 13:09

    I upgraded from Office 2003 to 2007, because I primarily wanted the 2007 version of Powerpoint. But I’m not enjoying Office 2007. In Outlook 2007, I cannot save images from emails. If I right click an image in an email, I only get an option to copy it, no ‘save as’ option, as there usually is in Outlook 2003. So I chose to copy the image, it was the only option available, but when I tried to paste that into Irfanview…, bup-bow. It said no way. It’s ridiculous! So I’ve been searching for a solution on the net, and only finding other people with the same complaint, and other people telling them the way Outlook and Word in 2007 work forbids it. I can’t believe it. I did find one way around it tonight……. I saved the email with the image I wanted, then chose to open it with Word and the image was successfully displayed. In Word I was able to successfully right click, copy the image, and then paste it into my Irfanview program, without Irfanview rejecting it. From THERE I could at long last save the image I wanted to my files as a jpg. Bloody hell. What a runaround, everytime I want to save an image. Sigh. I have now been investigating getting rid of Office 2007, and going back to 2003, just for the lack of dramas. I much prefer the user interface of 2003.

    Thing is I still want the 2007 version of Powerpoint…… I wanted to do a custom install of Office 2007 originally, installing only Powerpoint, but it wouldn’t let me. So. Do you think it would be possible, to go to add/remove programs, choose change, and delete everything from Office 2007, BUT for Powerpoint. Then install Office 2003, choosing to ONLY install Word and Outlook (as that’s all i want) from Office 2003, and still end up with my Powerpoint 2007???? I’d appreciate any opinions or feedback about my idea before I go ahead and try it. I might be just dreamin here, but, it seems to make logical sense to me, lol.
    thanks in advance.

  2. I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry, if I should be happy that there are others out there like me or angry that this is a REAL problem not something made up in my head. I like microsoft products for the most part but do have to say that I HATE outlook 07. Every time I go in to edit an event in my calendar it turns it into a repeated event… for no reason! Oh yeah and it takes 3-4 seconds to recognize the simplest button click! I’m running vista with 2gigs of ram and I do not have any slow problems with any other program. I talked to Microsft and they basically said that it’s an oem product and to call Dell! Man I’m pissed! I’d throw it out the window but I’m not sure what else I can use that’ll hook up to my blackjack II!

  3. I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry, if I should be happy that there are others out there like me or angry that this is a REAL problem not something made up in my head. I like microsoft products for the most part but do have to say that I HATE outlook 07. Every time I go in to edit an event in my calendar it turns it into a repeated event… for no reason! Oh yeah and it takes 3-4 seconds to recognize the simplest button click! I’m running vista with 2gigs of ram and I do not have any slow problems with any other program. I talked to Microsft and they basically said that it’s an oem product and to call Dell! Man I’m pissed! I’d throw it out the window but I’m not sure what else I can use that’ll hook up to my blackjack II!

  4. I HATE OUTLOOK 2007–I am not a techie, sorry. But, all the e-mails I send are blank and all the e-mails I receive are blank. Sometimes, clicking on REPLY will open them.

    Also, the stupid paragraph mark and proofreading characters appear when I am composing an e-mail. Yes, I have it turned off in Word, Style, toolbar, etc. It keeps coming back and this program will change styles on me and revert to displaying it.

    It is running on XP. There were no problems for four months then, it started. Our ISP put everyone they serve into a group at Google mail. Maybe there is a different way to configure our set up because of that.

    I send out a news letter each month, in HTML, and people can’t see it. If anyone has any ideas, they would be welcome. Setting up a new profile was impossible because of loosing all my contacts. I am not enough of a techie to reconfigure (and I shouldn’t have to) my contacts, etc. after changing profiles.

    While I am at it. Why doesn’t Microsoft have updated directions. If you are looking for direction in Outlook 2007 there is a step that is skipped or the function is called by another name. That burns me up. If I pay for Microsoft 2007, I want the directions to be for it not another program!

    Thanks, I feel better but, my problems are not solved. Waiting for the other shoe to drop……

  5. I HATE OUTLOOK 2007–I am not a techie, sorry. But, all the e-mails I send are blank and all the e-mails I receive are blank. Sometimes, clicking on REPLY will open them.

    Also, the stupid paragraph mark and proofreading characters appear when I am composing an e-mail. Yes, I have it turned off in Word, Style, toolbar, etc. It keeps coming back and this program will change styles on me and revert to displaying it.

    It is running on XP. There were no problems for four months then, it started. Our ISP put everyone they serve into a group at Google mail. Maybe there is a different way to configure our set up because of that.

    I send out a news letter each month, in HTML, and people can’t see it. If anyone has any ideas, they would be welcome. Setting up a new profile was impossible because of loosing all my contacts. I am not enough of a techie to reconfigure (and I shouldn’t have to) my contacts, etc. after changing profiles.

    While I am at it. Why doesn’t Microsoft have updated directions. If you are looking for direction in Outlook 2007 there is a step that is skipped or the function is called by another name. That burns me up. If I pay for Microsoft 2007, I want the directions to be for it not another program!

    Thanks, I feel better but, my problems are not solved. Waiting for the other shoe to drop……

  6. The auto-formatting is the absolute worst. It was bad in OL03, but has now gone to a whole new level of invasiveness.

    Some very basic things have been shuffled about and recategorized and what once took 1 click now takes 3. And so on and so forth.

    It’s called QA microsoft, you might want to investigate some best practices.

    It is quite the swine on resources as well.

    Downgrade time.

  7. The auto-formatting is the absolute worst. It was bad in OL03, but has now gone to a whole new level of invasiveness.

    Some very basic things have been shuffled about and recategorized and what once took 1 click now takes 3. And so on and so forth.

    It’s called QA microsoft, you might want to investigate some best practices.

    It is quite the swine on resources as well.

    Downgrade time.

  8. I’m going to go the other direction and say that I LOVE outlook and office 2007.

    I doubt I’ll have DST problems as I don’t sync anything with online calendars, so when DST comes around, I’ll be happy the times are updated.

    Performance wise, this runs great. There was no performance drop in 2003 in the slightest. There has been no data corruption, no long loading times, no massive CPU or disk usage at all. I watched my CPU usage while running it and playing with the calendar, mail, etc. The highest jump I saw was 8% with an average of 2%, and most of that is probably system and background apps! Someone else was complaining about clicking links and having them open in a browser taking 30 seconds. In actuality, it so quick it’s almost instant. If the browser isn’t running currently, then yes, it takes approximately 0.5 seconds. You must be running on a 200 MHz Celeron or something. My machine is ok, a core 2 duo @ 2.4 GHz with 4 GB of ram, nothing too high end or special.

    As for internet calendars, who cares. It’s called Exchange server, and it works like a charm. If you’re wanting email in a non-corporate setting, use something like Thunderbird. That’s what I use at home, and I love it.

    Otherwise, I love Outlook 07. Overlaying calendars on top of each other is a great feature, and the calendar views seem cleaner to me. Tasks are much more improved, especially how they line up in your calendar view so everything is integrated together. The built in viewers for office docs, text, and images right within messages are great.

    I honestly have not run into a single issue after upgrading Office to 07, and will never go back. It’s an update well worth doing.

  9. I’m going to go the other direction and say that I LOVE outlook and office 2007.

    I doubt I’ll have DST problems as I don’t sync anything with online calendars, so when DST comes around, I’ll be happy the times are updated.

    Performance wise, this runs great. There was no performance drop in 2003 in the slightest. There has been no data corruption, no long loading times, no massive CPU or disk usage at all. I watched my CPU usage while running it and playing with the calendar, mail, etc. The highest jump I saw was 8% with an average of 2%, and most of that is probably system and background apps! Someone else was complaining about clicking links and having them open in a browser taking 30 seconds. In actuality, it so quick it’s almost instant. If the browser isn’t running currently, then yes, it takes approximately 0.5 seconds. You must be running on a 200 MHz Celeron or something. My machine is ok, a core 2 duo @ 2.4 GHz with 4 GB of ram, nothing too high end or special.

    As for internet calendars, who cares. It’s called Exchange server, and it works like a charm. If you’re wanting email in a non-corporate setting, use something like Thunderbird. That’s what I use at home, and I love it.

    Otherwise, I love Outlook 07. Overlaying calendars on top of each other is a great feature, and the calendar views seem cleaner to me. Tasks are much more improved, especially how they line up in your calendar view so everything is integrated together. The built in viewers for office docs, text, and images right within messages are great.

    I honestly have not run into a single issue after upgrading Office to 07, and will never go back. It’s an update well worth doing.

  10. Aaron, I’d imagine you’re in the minority. I was happy with Outlook 2007 when it worked, but when it didn’t it was simply unacceptable for me. I’m glad it works for you and your setup. It didn’t work for me and it hasn’t worked that well for countless others.

    (For the record, I was using it on machine with a 3.0 Ghz Pentium 4 HT with 3Gb RAM and a 256Mb video card.)

  11. Aaron – I referenced the hardware I was running in both my previous posts. Two separate machines both with horrible performance issues only in 2007 that were not visible in 2003. 3ghz P4 (I neglected to mention 2GB of RAM on that machine) and my current Dual core 2.4GHZ, 2 GB of RAM.

    I can work with manipulations on 20MB images in Photoshop more quickly and efficiently than I can performa basic email tasks. It’s not the hardware.

    With a product that doesn’t have flaws we should be seeing one person who’s having problems among dozens for whom the app works flawlessly, not the other way around.

    Telling people to use Thunderbird is missing the point – why can MS not deliver a product that works for a large part of their market, corporate or otherwise, better than a free app?

  12. Aaron, I’d imagine you’re in the minority. I was happy with Outlook 2007 when it worked, but when it didn’t it was simply unacceptable for me. I’m glad it works for you and your setup. It didn’t work for me and it hasn’t worked that well for countless others.

    (For the record, I was using it on machine with a 3.0 Ghz Pentium 4 HT with 3Gb RAM and a 256Mb video card.)

  13. Aaron – I referenced the hardware I was running in both my previous posts. Two separate machines both with horrible performance issues only in 2007 that were not visible in 2003. 3ghz P4 (I neglected to mention 2GB of RAM on that machine) and my current Dual core 2.4GHZ, 2 GB of RAM.

    I can work with manipulations on 20MB images in Photoshop more quickly and efficiently than I can performa basic email tasks. It’s not the hardware.

    With a product that doesn’t have flaws we should be seeing one person who’s having problems among dozens for whom the app works flawlessly, not the other way around.

    Telling people to use Thunderbird is missing the point – why can MS not deliver a product that works for a large part of their market, corporate or otherwise, better than a free app?

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