Outlook 2003 Rant.

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Outlook 2003 Rant. What were those guys thinking? Don't get me wrong, I am not one of those Microsoft haters. I love Microsoft. I admire their work. But in this instance, and one that affects me directly and daily, boy do I feel let down!

I've been using Outlook 2003 for a few months now. While it has some nice new features, the one feature I use the most and arguably the most important because of its prominence is so-called 'Navigation Pane.' Not to rub salt in the wound, but, why, oh, why

  • Can't I resize the 'Favorite Folders' panel?
  • Can't I hide the 'All Mail Folders' panel?
  • Doesn't the 'All Mail Folders' Panel preserve its collapse state?
  • Can't I look at my Tasks along side my Calendar like I could in Outlook XP?
  • Can't I make sure that the 'Current View' Panel doesn't disappear?

I remember a few years ago speaking to a Microsoft friend of mine who was a Program Manager who said, of the old 'Outlook Bar' - "we know it stinks; we are completely redesigning it!" Yikes.

And now I have to wait another 4 years for the next 'redesign' :-(

(I've been harboring this for a long time. It feels good to get it off my chest.)

Posted on March 18, 2004 and filed under Technology.