10 reasons why I hate MS Outlook

1. It is crashing continuously because it is locked in some intensive I/O and the OS (yes, *their* own OS) is killing the application as being non responsive.


2. Lack of good plugins. In contrary to Thunderbird where there are thousand of plugins, the really good plugins for Outlook are very few.

3. Eats up a lot of memory. Currently, with only one Exchange account, the two instances I have (don’t ask me why I have 2) occupy each 78MB. However, I’ve seen 130 MB used by only one instance. I think that the 2. instance has to do with the Windows Mobile device I have.

4. It is unbelievable slow in retrieving mails. I have a lot of rules on the server side and none on the client side. This should make everything faster and not slower

5. Limited amount of rules on server and client side.

6. No real encryption solution with GNU PGP.
WinPGP is a big bullshit !!! Especially version 2.0.

7. Grouping message by thread simply sucks. It doesn’t display everything in a coherent form.

8. Searching is very, very slow.
And I have a laptop with 4GB RAM, Dual Core Duo 2.5 GHz. Very fast… to everything except Outlook.

9. Replying to HTML emails keeps them HTML despite the fact that I’ve configured everything to be plain text.

10. A Reply doesn’t prefix the email if it is HTML. Only if it is plain text.

And there could be other reasons … I am just stopping myself here.

For now…

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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since over 20 years in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is CEO and owner of Endpoint Cybersecurity GmbH focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .
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