Outlook 2007: Friend And Foe

I upgraded from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2007 three or four months ago. For the most part, I love it. But I’m not smitten. Far from it. Here are my likes and dislikes:


  • The overall interface is vastly improved
  • The To-Do Bar is awesome. I use it every day to keep myself on track and on task, quite literally.
  • The enhanced categorization tools are also very useful


  • S.L.O.W.
  • Prone to weird behavior at times. Example: Sometimes when I get new mail, it shows the number of new messages next to the folder Inbox (2), but the messages aren’t actually displayed at the top of the inbox. Clicking on another folder, then coming back to the inbox will show those new messages. It hasn’t happened in a while, so maybe it’s resolved itself.
  • Did I mention S.L.O.W.

I know there are a lot of Outlook-haters out there, and for good reason. It’s a very bloated piece of software that can be a lot to deal with. But I have so much information tied up in it, that it’s hard for me to picture moving to another tool. Not to mention that I synch my calendar and contacts to my BlackBerry. So until I find something that can do e-mail/calendar/contacts better (and take in all my legacy data), I’m going to stick with it.