Outlook Wish List


Since it’s almost Christmas, here is what I want from Santa.

  1. A button that will prevent people from including me in the reply to an email (I call this the remove me from thread button)
    1. Here in Hotmail you get these ridiculously long threads that you get added to for no good reason, or you answer a question being asked, but then you proceed to get 500 responses as the issue drags on and on.
  2. A button that will prevent people from doing a “Reply All“ to an e-mail.
    1. Some times you just don’t want people to abuse email and Reply All to threads, or they accidentally Reply All rather than Little-R to a thread
  3. Managed Programmability support (Current situation with PIAs is no good).
  4. Project Management features like Entourage.
  5. better IMAP.
  6. RSS Reader.
  7. Support Internet Style replies (Plain Text messages where quoted text goes on the bottom and messages are quoted using >.
  8. Support for Format-Flowed [Thanks to Dan Crevier for catching my mistake earlier and saying Quoted Printable] 
  9. A single mail editor that works well, and doesn’t have toolbars that move randomly (Word Mail).
  10. A single mail editor that generated XHTML compact output.

It’s a modest list with nothing fancy. Just the things that would make me happy. I could go on and on…

Comments (4)

  1. Black-Fox says:

    For Internet Style replies in outlook check out http://home.in.tum.de/~jain/software/outlook-quotefix/

    It’s pretty usefull (But i haven’t found a way to force outlook 2000 to send ONLY the text part in the message, he always generate a HTML counter part)

  2. Omar Shahine says:

    That only works if you are not using WordMail.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The ability to have different email accounts mail delivered to different mailboxes. You can kinda do this with rules … but it is messy.

  4. PVK says:

    For me, the single biggest gripe with outlook is the way it sorts tasks. Outlook is the only PIM on the planet where you can’t do a normal sort by due date in which tasks due today come before those due tomorrow, and all of them before tasks with no due dates. You either end up with tasks with no due dates on top, or if you reverese the sort order, tasks with furthest due dates show on top. I can’t even imagine how something like this would have made it through so many versions of the program. It just makes no sense.

    It would also be nice if they finally updated the Notes module. And I agree, it’s high time to get the imap support right. I really, really don’t want messages I send from my imap accounts getting stored in my Exchange mailbox. This defeats the whole point, doesn’t it!