It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to post an update. Sorry about that, but it’s been a bit busy and I’ve been in full on work mode. Today I want to write about Outlook 2013 and some of the cool new features, and a few that are driving me nuts!
First, the most awesome thing about Outlook 2013 is the redesign. While it still looks and feels like Outlook, there are new fonts and point sizes aimed at making information easier to find and manage.
Aside from the Mail view, the Calendar and People (or Contacts) have been updated as well. I think the calendar does a much better job with overlaid calendars and the pop-up windows for appointment details are great. People now uses the Social Media connector to bring in LinkedIn and Facebook contacts (in separate folders). It also offers a revamped address card view that takes a little getting used to, but overall is nice. I’d like to see them take this to the next level for click-to-dial from the card, but overall it’s a step in the right direction.
The last new feature I want to discuss also has me a bit annoyed. I’ve got a pretty large mailbox and my offline sync file tends to grow to around 20GB or so (file this under do as I say and not as I do). This takes up a good portion of my fancy 128 GB SSD hard drive (as I’m sure Microsoft figured would happen to many people). As a result, Outlook now gives you the option to change how much mail is downloaded. By default, this is set to 12 months, but you can change this anywhere from 1 month to All. Content outside of this timeframe is available on the server and there are links you can click to easily access that mail – except in the preview these links don’t always work! I’ve found that I live a lot in the past and not having these quickly accessible is a huge problem for me.
That said, I generally really like the new Outlook. Its fast, clean and to the point!