MS withdraws misfiring Outlook update
Microsoft has withdrawn a recently issued patch for Outlook 2007 following the emergence of conflicts with third-part email accounts.
Users who installed the Outlook update (KB2412171), which was published on 14 December, also complained of problems and general sluggishness in moving between email folders or following Calendar and Task links.
The updated application was happy enough when paired with Microsoft's Exchange e-mail server software. However surfers who used the application to download electronic messages from webmail services including Gmail and Windows Live Hotmail.
Surfers were left unable to connect to Gmail's mail servers if the Outlook Secure Password Authentication (SPA) option was enabled, for example.
Microsoft has apologised for the problems, withdrawn the patch and issued an advisory explaining how users can remove the misfiring update. ®
...why don't you suggest an alternative? Maybe outlining how said alternative matches/exceeds Outlook 2007 in terms of usability, stability, features, security, cost and performance?
While MS Outlook is, in general, appalling and hasn't changed noticeably since the '97 release (many of the old bugs and stupidities are still in there), the lack of really good alternatives is shocking.
Yes, there are alternatives, but not very many and most really aren't that good. Often these alternatives miss vital functionality, such as "native" MS Exchange access (yes, the point of this is not lost) or appalling calendaring functions or calendar functions that just aren't integrated enough or as well as Outlook integrates its calender.
The end result is that until a good and viable alternative comes along most business users are stuck with MS Outlook, not just because of the vendor lock in but because, despite everything, it is better than the alternatives.
Thunderbird hands Outlook the water anytime ... I use it all the time. On Exchange server, we have enabled the IMAP service.