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Microsoft Outlook 2007

I am stunned, shocked and dismayed. Microsoft has kicked me straight in the family jewels on this one. I am so mad, I could spit! Literally. This is a horrible decision.

Microsoft Outlook 2000 and 2003 both used Internet Explorer as their rendering engine. T his meant you could design a regular old html website and send it to someone via email and it would look correct. In Outlook 2007, Microsoft switched gears, WITHOUT TELLING ANYONE, and pulled out the rendering engine! They replaced it with some fucked up half-browser! It doesn’t have float, it doesnt have positioning! It makes my life hell. What the hell is wrong with them?!?

I had designed this great html editor in Marketo, and now I will not be able to use it for Emails because positioning is missing!

Boo! Boo! Booooooooooo! Microsoft screwed the pooch on this one.

Great article on the subject. This one really breaks it down to its unbelievable sadness.

Microsoft had this lame excuse of an explanation. They even made a validation tool that doesn’t even work independantly. It only works with their crazy 200 meg Expression Web Designer. I am so mad. Spit!

UPDATE:

More great articles, all saying the same thing.  I am not the only one unhappy with Microsoft on this.

This guy gives some sample template emails that you can modify that work in Outlook 2007.  This is actually very generous of them.  I am going to try and modify one of them.

Apparently they used to have the Word rendering engine and the internet explorer version.  The Word engine was for writing emails and the internet explorer one was for reading them.  So they decided to standardize on the crappy Word version.  This is tantamount to introducing a major new browser with almost no standards support.  I need to spit again.

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