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    Outlook 2003 - worth it? (outlook 2003)

    At the risk of starting a flame war, <img src=/S/argue.gif border=0 alt=argue width=50 height=25> what experiences (positive or negative) have people had with Outlook 2003? Is the new interface so improved in terms of efficiency? Has anything been lost? I'd be especially interested in the single user tale, rather than a corporate installation.
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    Re: Outlook 2003 - worth it? (outlook 2003)

    Upgrading from XP Pro to 2003 Pro, the most apparent improvement in the whole suite is Outlook. There have been a few minor glitches (easily solved), and on the whole, a very pleasant transition. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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    Re: Outlook 2003 - worth it? (outlook 2003)

    Most defiantly! I just changed from a Windows/Office 2000 system to XP Home/Office 2003 and it is great. As for the new Outlook, I really like it. My ISP does a pretty good job a blocking spam, and the Junk E-Mail folder gets all of the rest. So far, only about 3-4 spammers make it to my Inbox, which is easy enough to deal with. One of the other features that I use a lot is checking my MSN/Hotmail from Outlook, which saves a lot of time. Outlook was totally changed by Microsoft with a lot of input from the corporate world and that is to all of our advantage. With Calendar, I can send my friends reminders of dates, appointments, etc. I am impressed and very happy with it.

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    Re: Outlook 2003 - worth it? (outlook 2003)

    In my opinion Outlook 2003 is a big improvement over previous versions. I think the new look and the new and improved features make Outlook easier to use, especially when it comes to organizing and accessing information stored within Outlook.

    To assist you in seeing what the new features are, I have attached a document which consists of extracts from the what's new section of the Outlook help file.

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    Re: Outlook 2003 - worth it? (outlook 2003)

    As a client user I'm not impressed. There are some things I like as a business user, such as the option to suggest a different meeting time (That maybe in XP; I have XP at home but jumped from 2000 to 2003 at work).

    But I restructured a lot of the look of 2003 back to the the XP/2000 layout. View defaults are imposed on the user without an easy way (no more than a few clicks) to broadcast View revisions to all message folders. There are still a lot of things that could be better done, such as a default option to preset all-day events as busy or out of office rather than the default free. There could be better integration between Tasks and Calendar (a common request is to have an icon for Task due dates in Calendar View; it can't be that hard). Print Views are still highly limited. There's still a lot of the object model not exposed for no apparent reason; I'm talking about items that are not of interest to virus writers, such as Views detail. I have some other complaints, if you want to search for the word "annoyances" in this Forum.
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    Re: Outlook 2003 - worth it? (outlook 2003)

    Tony,
    Wow! Thank you. I've just printed your attachment out. It definitely looks like there are some things that are useful. Your response is typical of WOPR'nicks (to coin a word) !! Thanks again.

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    Re: Outlook 2003 - worth it? (outlook 2003)

    To all,
    Thank you for your thoughts. Actually, another question came to mind. Are the PST files any smaller? I tend to be a Pack Rat (gosh, does anyone here remember that package?) and my PST file is in the 90 meg range. I haven't tried archiving, 'cause I'm not sure the old e-mails will be readily accessible if I need to dig something up.
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    Re: Outlook 2003 - worth it? (outlook 2003)

    It can get bigger, the earlier versions had a 2 gig (I think) limit.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Outlook 2003 - worth it? (outlook 2003)

    Outlook 2003 is a big improvement over earlier versions - I particularly like the favourites folders, where you can quickly view unread mail, those things flagged for follow up and and put shortcuts to commonly used mail folders.

    Public folders are a bit of a nuisance in that you have to go to the folders list to be able to see them.

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