Outlook Info Update

Outlook 2016 is Coming


You may have already seen this Microsoft announcement, but in case you haven’t, we just wanted to let you know that Outlook 2016 has been announced.

Many of us in the email design community had hoped that Microsoft would make the choice to switch over to WebKit for email rendering, like Outlook 2011 for Mac. No dice. Outlook 2016 will still be using the Word engine to render email. That’s right, four more years of unexpected “page breaks,” MSO conditional statements and VML backgrounds.

Don’t worry; we’ll add Outlook 2016 to our system after it’s released. Then you can all get in there and test your hearts out. Considering the differences between Outlook 2003 and 2007, or 2010 and 2013, I’d say we have a few surprises in store for us yet.

Too bad the “Fix Outlook” campaign petered out after four short months. If only they had known how many more years were in store for them and that Outlook would continue to grind along in the same path inexorably, like some kind of dream-crushing steamroller of sadness. WebKit for Outlook 2020, anybody?

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Author: Alex Ilhan

Hailing all the way from England, Alex brings his email development expertise along with an endless stream of cups of tea and British cynicism. Follow him on Twitter: @omgitsonlyalex.

10 thoughts on “Outlook 2016 is Coming”

  1. If outlook won’t integrate multiple hotmail accounts management, it will remain a no no for lots of users.

  2. Actually four more years of unexpected “page breaks,” MSO conditional statements and VML backgrounds sounds like an acceptable Microsoft roadmap.

  3. I’m search the web for hope, Outlook 2016? We’ve upgrade 3 workstations in the office to 2013/IMAP. It really sucks. Messages stuck in outbox, DAV calendars getting spontaneously unpublished, add-ins hanging Outlook/Excel, having to recreate profiles every few weeks to fix the foregoing. Meanwhile Outlook 2010 users in the office are having no problems. Will 2016 fix the IMAP/WebDAV/outbox issues 2013 seems to have? Is this the usual case of every-other-version-of-Microsoft-anything-sucks?

  4. Seriously this is just too much when are they going to actually fix outlook? It’s an email client it’s number 1 job is reading email and it does an absolutely terrible job of that. How is this not MS’s number one priority??!?? If 50% of my base didn’t use it I would have kicked it to the curb a decade ago.

  5. Outlook 2016 is absolute JUNK. They removed the ability to setup an exchange account unless you IT has setup auto discovery. Cant wait for someone to finally put MS to bed and develop an OS and applications that work instead of putting a bunch of useless CR#$ in it.

  6. I don’t use Outlook much for email, but I am a heavy Calendar user. Outlook 2016 is just not cutting it. It is not as customizable as 2010 or 2013, there doesn’t seem to be any way to set HTML as a default in appointments and I can’t even get HTML at all in tasks, despite setting my preferred default font several times in three or four different ways, it does not stick. There are fewer options in the setting boxes. I have seached the web for an hour or so using various terms and still cannot find an answer or workaround. Very frustrating. If anyone can tell me how to do this, I would truly appreciate it.

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