MS Office Beta Notes

This is a side-blog where I intend to keep all of my notes from Beta testing new versions of Office. This will keep them all in one place for future reference. I started this with Office 2003, and am bringing it back for the 2007 version. This is not an official Microsoft site, this is just the ramblings of one IT guy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

More Outlook

I discovered last night something that I know no version of Outlook up to 2000 did. (I don't know if XP did it.) It allows you to connect to hotmail and sync your hotmail folders the same way that Outlook Express has for years. This is probably a good thing for users and maybe a royal pain for managers everywhere, but honestly, aren't your employees going to hotmail.com anyway? This might actually take less time! The Outlook Rules don't work on those folders, since they follow the hotmail rules, and it's not exactly clear if the junk email features work or not. I'll have to do some more testing on that.

Speaking of the junk email features, there are basically 5 settings. Off, Low, High, Whitelist and Blacklist. I'm not exactly sure what the difference between low and high is, I assume it's tighter restrictions, but exactly what those restrictions are is unclear. You can also toggle between immediate deletion of junk mail and having it all dumped in the Junk Mail folder. The whitelist lets you whitelist "To" addreses as well as "From". This comes in handy when you're on a discussion mail list, you can have everything sent to the list address whitelisted no matter who sends it. The message rules are pretty similar to 2000, but it fairness I'm not sure what else you could do with rules that hasn't been available already.

Flagging a message and having Outlook remind you at a specific time about a flag is still working. The interface is easier to deal with than 2000 is. 2000 doesn't really make it clear that you can change the time from the default of "by 5:00" to something specific, it's more obvious in 2003 that you're setting an actual reminder.

By the way if you're using a Microsoft Mail Postoffice in place of an Exchange server, I don't believe you can use Outlook XP, let alone 2003. I haven't seen anything in either one that would allow you to connect to a MSMail Postoffice. If anyone knows something different I'm all ears, since that is what we currently use at work! (Yeah it's old!)