i have never seen an worse program the Microsoft outlook. Initially I thought it's only me, but since I am following question on the exchange and see how many IT pro have issues with outlook I know outlook is nightmare for anyone who use it in a office environment.  until google will not come out with a email client I don't believe there will be any big improvement. Microsoft does not get scared from any competition other then google and need to say in every product google competed with Microsoft we have seen major improvements or rather say recreation. Is it on google agenda? why not? thy have a office product so why not email client?
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by:Shawn Stewart
Google wouldn't profit much from a mail client that attached to other back ends. They profit from gmail because they can do analytics on users emails and therefore generate profit.
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by:Brian B
I see you haven't used Lotus Notes...
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by:Lucas Bishop
Gmail is their email client. It's cloud based. Are you suggesting they should have a desktop client too?
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by:Brian Matis
And Google does have apps for mobile. Both Gmail and Inbox. Inbox is a pretty interesting one if you haven't checked it out. Takes some getting used to, but has some really great features like snoozing, pinning and they way it'll batch emails together.
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by:Jim Horn
Curiosity overwhelms me as to why you believe Outlook is an 'worse program'.
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by:Dustin Saunders
I personally like Outlook- though I hitched my wagon to Microsoft for work stuff.  Works great with our Exchange and I can write our own add-ins to automate tons of processes with C#.

I do prefer the Google items for home stuff (Google Home devices, Chromecast, Google Play, and Android Mobile/Auto).
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by:Juana Villa
I think @Dusting Saunders you just described the main purpose of each email provider.

I personally love Gmail because I don't work with Exchange.
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by:EJIT
I totally prefer Exchange/Outlook to Gmail.  No contest, IMO.
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by:Abraham Deutsch
@Shawn Stewart I agree but if in their opinion having a desktop app would add users do gmail and keep away people from switching to office 306 thy would do it.

@Brian Matis inbox yes this is similar to outlook. But will only take mail from one mailbox. In an office environment where you have your own email and general company email (like info@... sales@... support@.... This is an issue.

@Jim Horn as said I personally am experiencing lot of issues in the company’s I support with outlook and I saved a search on questions/outlook on the exchange and see how many IT pro have issues with outlook.
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by:Dustin Saunders
By and large the only issues I really have seen with it were ultimately the result of some 3rd party add-ins or a problem caused by the mail vendor specifically.  Out of curiosity (not saying anything is invalid) what sort of issues are you lumping in with the complaint?
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by:Lucas Bishop
inbox yes this is similar to outlook. But will only take mail from one mailbox.

I use the Google Inbox app on iOs and have it connected to multiple Google accounts. My personal account (gmail) and my work email (gsuite gmail).
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by:Blue Street Tech
I see no issues with Outlook with the exception of poorly written add-ins. Exchange & Outlook are beautiful together. Can't beat them IMHO. If you do a feature comparison you'll see why Exchange/Outlook is still the chosen messaging system in the Fortune 500. Then add O365 and it only is grows exponentially. Try managing ~9,000 mailbox that need specific policies & permissions...and you'll see the difference.
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by:Abraham Deutsch
Of course company’s use exchange/outlook there is no other option. And that is when I waiting. For years Microsoft office was basically the same except from some minor changes thy did from version to version. Till google came out with their office then everything changed, documents are available to review online and even WITHOUT having Microsoft office installed and much more just in one year did thy accomplish what thy did not for over 10 years.

Let go back I read some history

The Netscape Navigator was the flagship browser produced by Netscape Communications Corporation in October 1994. The company took a little time to become a leader in the web browser industry.

Microsoft soon caught up to the demand of web browsers. Instead of creating a new one from scratch, Microsoft made the decision to licence a browser that already existed. Therefore, Microsoft licenced the Mosaic browser from Spyglass Inc. in 1995. The deal was closed and Spyglass was set to receive a quarterly fee for the Mosaic licence including a royalty from the revenue of the Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Microsoft eventually integrated the IE with the Windows as a free browser so it only had to pay a minimum quarterly fee as a result as there was no revenue. Spyglass made a threat to Microsoft for holding a contractual audit and Microsoft settled it with US$8 million. As a result, Microsoft became fast and free in the web browser game. This also sidelined Spyglass since no one was going to pay for the Spyglass browser when it could be easily obtained as a free build in the Windows.

Soon the web browser competition became intense and for Microsoft, it was important to get Netscape out of the picture entirely.
Therefore, Microsoft started force people to install the IE and here is how they did it:
The URL bar always launched the IE in place of the default browser.
In the IE 4, the window help files were replaced by HyperHelp help files that produced content using the IE
To close of the whole deal, the IE 4 uninstaller would only transform back to a previous version of the IE instead of conducting a complete uninstallation.
In the next step, Microsoft made IE as a non-optional part of the software products created by them.

In the meantime, Netscape was trying to get integrated with a third party software and ISP software but it was hard to compete against Microsoft which had much more control over the market. They went as far as convincing other software makers to offer IE with the package of their products. As a result, a time came when it was impossible to run various games, software tools and other utilities without the support of the IE.

Eventually, Microsoft’s strategy to make IE the most commonly used web browser became successful. The Windows 95 and 98 came with a non-optional IE and IE 4 was visible on the desktop. Every computer that was shipped with Windows operating software had IE installed and that reduced the chance of user installing another one since the computer already came installed with one.

Microsoft also tapped into the corporate sector introducing Outlook 98. Outlook 97 was quite a good product but it required no browser, so Microsoft started offering a “free” update to outlook 98. This version of Outlook was using IE to not only compose emails but also provided a summary of messages, tasks and calendar events. One of the frustrations faced by business people is using multiple applications that provide the same solution. They were using Netscape but now they needed IE for running some software so one of the web browsers had to be removed and it wasn’t IE.

This was not the end of Microsoft’s strategy. They went a step ahead when they convinced Apple to provide IE with Mac as their default web browser. They had quite leverage on Apple because they could refuse to provide Microsoft Office support for Mac otherwise. Steve Jobs had to face a lot of criticism for making IE the default browser.

If this was not enough, Microsoft convinced many websites to use an IE-only technology with time developers of intranet develop only for IE.

Microsoft had a forbidding strategy in place in case companies like Dell and Compaq decided to ship computers with a user-wanted browser.  They were forced to keep the IE browser as default because Microsoft would stop selling them Windows otherwise.
These fierce strategies from Microsoft resulted in the doom of Netscape. Therefore, when IE 5 came into the market, anybody hardly remembered Netscape.
PAY ATTANTION
However, soon after Netscape was a thing of the past, Microsoft stopped paying too much attention to IE and it saw only minor upgrades in the form of IE 5.5 and 6.0. For a long time, there were no updates and IE 6 became a common target for malware. On the other hand, IE for Mac was also not given a good update and it was discontinued after a while.
GOT IT?

Meanwhile, some hackers never gave up and finally came up with browsers like Mozilla and Firefox using the old Netscape code. This was the start of another competition and it saved many from being stuck on IE 6 for the rest of their lives.
Microsoft had successfully bundled IE with the Windows OS without a separate purchase in the late 1990s but after that, they had to face the case of United States vs. Microsoft. There was a series of rulings passed by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and it was discovered that Microsoft had gone against their consent decree and also took unfair advantage of its market monopoly. The ‘findings of fact’ in the same case ensured that Microsoft had a monopoly in the market of PC desktop operating systems.

And even today you cannot uninstall IE from a server and if you manage to do (speaking from first-hand experience) the server will not function.
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29018065/qbutilities-dll-could-not-be-found.html
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29013581/Server-2008-Not-services-listed.html
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29006084/Cannot-open-MMC-on-server.html


As well if you monitor the background activity of your computer network, regardless of which browser you use with every search or page you visit you will always see activity and communication established from edge  

@Lucas Bishop this is only on the phone app not on the computer
@Dustin Saunders will post some links
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by:Brian B
Okay, so you don't like IE but what are your specific issues with Outlook itself?
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by:Abraham Deutsch
It's not about IE it about outlook making my point that until Microsoft doesn't have competition they neglect their products therefore outlook will not shape up until google will come out with something to compete with outlook
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by:Lee W, MVP
Honestly, I see a lot of ranting... but little substance.  WHAT IS YOUR problem with Outlook?  Finding there are a lot of problems is not a problem.  There are probably tens of millions of installs of it over the last 20 years.  Maybe hundreds of millions.  And in that time (based on the google search count) only 86.7 million problems.  I'm guessing here... but I'd figure over 20 years worth of time and (world wide) probably 100 million copies in use over that time and there are ONLY 87 million issues - that's less than 1 per copy.  in 20 years.  Seems like a good program.  Especially considering the massive capability it has.  

I'd also bet that at least HALF of the problems you're "finding" are from people NOT using Exchange and/or wanting it to work the same way something else does when maybe THAT feature wasn't included.  OR the problems are outliers - people with 50 GB mailboxes - not your average worker with 500-1000 MB mailboxes.
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by:Lee W, MVP
I use Outlook regularly with no problems at all.  What's your problem?!?!?!?!  Microsoft won't shape up ANYTHING if they don't see a reason to but it works!  Maybe you're using it wrong.
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by:Abraham Deutsch
I'm not sure what it says on google but I have here 3 saved searches 1- outlook 2- windows 7/10 3-windows recovery/storage I would say about 70% of the issues from this 3 is outlook.
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by:Abraham Deutsch
Correction the third search is Disaster recovery/storage software
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by:Lee W, MVP
Now you know what google says:
Google search
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by:Dustin Saunders
Honestly, Abaraham, I'm not disputing you that Outlook is a big search topic.  But like has been said, it's the industry dominator, so since EVERYONE uses it doesn't make sense that there are a lot of questions?

Data-wise, how many of those questions are how-to or user correction?  Or ended up being 'Did you disable this add-in and it started working again?'

I get your point, and I think it's fair really, but since it's such a widely used program it makes sense there are occasional bugs and that they get posted.  But whether a program is good or not can be widely opinion based, people are entitled not to like it for any reason they choose.  I think the nice thing about a site like EE is that we can help people work with their issues and enable them to use the tool that is industry standard.
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