Before you switch to Microsoft Outlook 2013, the company's latest version of its popular messaging client that can do a lot more than just sending and retrieving emails, you may be interested in the components and features that Microsoft removed from the client. That's only a concern to users of Outlook 2007 or 2010 who consider upgrading to the new version of Outlook, even though new users may want to browse through the list as well as they may find a feature listed here that need included in their messaging software.
The official Office blog has highlighted the changes yesterday. The team notes that the list is not complete, and that some deprecated features are not in that list.
- Exchange "Classic Offline" Mode is no longer support. Users will be upgraded to Cached Mode when they install Outlook 2013, and Microsoft notes that users should normally see no difference when they work with the client. Outlook supports the Cached Exchange mode and Online mode. The mode has been part of the program since Outlook 2003 and is now the recommended mode by Microsoft. It basically makes available a locally cached version of the mailbox (.ost) and address book (OAB) of a user's Exchange mailbox. Online Mode on the other hand is a legacy method of connecting to Microsoft Exchange. It may be used in situations were very large mailboxes are used that impact performance or were local copies can't be created due to lack of local disk space.
- Delivery locations can no longer be a PST file and users in that configuration will be upgraded to the aforementioned Cached Mode which uses .ost files.
- Office.com calendar sharing will be shut down for Outlook 2013 and older versions of Outlook. This also means that users won't be able to publish calendars on the platform anymore.
- VPN and Dialup settings are not configurable anymore in Outlook 2013. Microsoft suggests that users manage these settings from the Windows Control Panel instead.
- Windows users can't use Windows Search anymore to search for Outlook mail or calendar items. Search only works in the messaging client.
- Journals have been moved to the Folder List module and the ability to auto-journal has been removed.
- Some import and export file types have been removed including Word 97-2003 doc, Excel 97-2003 xls, ACT! contact manager files and Outlook Express archives. Outlook still supports .csv and .pst files.
- The Contact Activities Tab has been removed from Outlook 2013. Microsoft suggests to use the Outlook Social Connector instead.
- The Outlook To-Do Bar only shows appointments for the current day and no overview of appointments for the next day anymore. Microsoft has been heavily criticized for limiting the To-Do bar to daily appointments only. It is not clear yet if the feature will be integrated into Outlook 2013 again at a later point in time.
Are you working with Outlook? Did you use any of the features listed here?
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