What’s new in Outlook 2010?

Well, Microsoft has published an detailing all of the new features in Outlook 2010.  There is a lot of new or improved features in this version, and as I said , this release of Outlook and Office 2010 for that matter are a fantastic example of when Microsoft listens to customers and responds with much needed updates.

Some of the changes detailed in the article are:

  • 64 bit and 32 bit versions
    • Just be careful that your add-ins will work with the 64 bit version.
    • Also, you must install the entire Office Suite in the same “bitness”, no intermixing of 32 and 64 bit.
  • Calendar preview in the meeting request
    • You no longer have to click on view calendar to see what in the world is conflicting with that new meeting request you just got.
  • Conversation view and Conversation cleanup
    • This enables you to see the entire conversation even if parts of it are not in the same folder and you can have Outlook delete parts of the conversation you have in newer messages.
  • Multiple Exchange Accounts
    • Currently, I have 4 mailboxes open against 3 different Exchange Orgs, all using Outlook Anywhere.  How cool is that!
  • Tighter integration with OCS and Communicator
  • Roaming Auto Complete (Nicknames)
    • Remember the fun NK2 files, they are now a thing of the past.  Your personal auto-complete list (Nicknames) are now stores in Exchange and go where you go.
  • And if you have Exchange 2010 to boot, you also get these:
    • Call answering and routing rules
    • Centralized Rights Management
    • Integrated Email Online Archive
    • Mailtips
    • Text Messaging through Exchange Activesync
  • Many many more…

Some of the items that have been removed are:

  • ANSI OST File creation support (Unicode will be used only)
  • Calendar rebasing tool (to fix DST issues)
  • WebDav protocol
  • Exchange 2000 and earlier server version connections
  • Most Recently Used list (this was the list of last opened “Other User’s Folders).
  • ScanOST.exe
  • Postmarking of email to signify it isn’t junk email.
  • Quick View (this was the file viewer in Windows 95, 98, and NT4)
  • Remote Mail (now replaced fully with Cache Mode)

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