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Popular Email Clients Reviewed
By: Barzan 'Tony' Antal
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  • Popular Email Clients Reviewed
  • Webmail
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Opera Mail (M2)
  • Outlook 2007
  • Final Words

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    Popular Email Clients Reviewed - Outlook 2007

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    Outlook 2007 is known under its full name Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. It is part of the Microsoft Office 2007 suite and is more than an email client. It is a fully functional personal information manager showing off features, such as personal notes, journal, address books, task lists, calendar with significant dates (anniversaries, appointments, birthdays), reminders, email, fax, instant messaging, and news feeds.

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    Finally, we can say that Outlook 2007 is a classy application that is jam-packed with all of the functions that may or may not be required by users. Obviously, it is licensed under Microsoft's proprietary EULA and it costs a fair price. Compared to its 2003 counterpart, at least now it includes a full-featured RSS and Atom reader.

    Office 2007 is by no means perfect software though. For example, the anti-spam and anti-phishing system works only on an automated signature-based basis and isn't able to learn on the Bayesian algorithm. Then there's no NNTP (network news transfer protocol) support. Some people were also disappointed by the fact that Outlook 2007 doesn't integrate fully with the Fluent interface (the name of the new GUI).

    (Image courtesy of Microsoft)

    You can see its particular light bluish interface; it contains tabs, toolbars, ribbons, buttons, galleries, and other fancy stuff. Microsoft tends to call it an "intuitive user interface." Nevertheless, this kind of UI improves the user-friendliness of the application and it gives a yummy look-and-feel to Office 2007.

    All in all, Outlook 2007 redefines Microsoft's approach toward Outlook and fulfills all kinds of user requirements. Personally I would prefer it if there were more attention placed on its security, such as enhanced encryption functions, instead of its intuitive UI that doesn't even integrate well enough. The system also struggles with support for multiple accounts; likewise theme support is almost totally neglected.

    Summing these up, it deserves 9 points out of 10, mostly because it is a huge improvement compared to Outlook 2003. Its all-around security is higher (particularly HTML rendering). This time it wasn't quickly released, thus, it outperformed our expectations for a Microsoft email client. Notwithstanding, it comes in at US$109.95.

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