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Outlook Forms alternative or workaround

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We are currently using Exchange 2003 with a combination of WinXP and Windows7 pcs running Outlook 2003 and 2007.

As we started installing Windows 7 x64 machines I noticed our custom Outlook forms would not print wysiwyg.  It seems that the add-on we were using (xprint) does not have a 64 bit version.  
It seems that MS is moving away from custom forms in Outlook and i am thinking we should start exploring other options for custom forms.  We currently use Sharepoint Services 3.0 and are not planning on upgrading.  I looked at onenote but it seemed that in order to use this solution and deploy forms for users that an expensive sharepoint upgrade had to be purchased.

 Are there any cost effective alternatives to Outlook custom forms?  What is the difficulty of implementing each alternative.  I am looking for details here and not just a list of alternatives.

Thanks,
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Outlook Is not moving away from Custom forms in Versions 2007 and Up
They have simply redesigned the Interface and Securities around the Forms
Any Forms Created in Outlook 2003, Must be re-created again if using in 2007 / 2010 by that Outlook Client

Ie. If you created froms in 2003 and want them to work in 2007, you need to re-create the from using an 2007 Client

Same goes again for outlook 2003->2010

And even for Outlook 2007 Forms -> Outlook 2010
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Are the forms backwards compatible with previos versions?  i.e. If i re-create the form in 2007 will it work with 2003 or do i have three versions of the form (ECN O2003, ECN O2007, ECN O2010)???

Also, what about printing the form?  If i re-create the form in 2007 and print it, will print wysiwyg?
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The forms are backwards compatible, so would pay to create from the most recent version of outlook being used.

As I do not know the details of your custom Form, I could not say for sure.
However, By creating the form in the most recent version of Outlook you should eliminate many known issues with using 2003 Custom Forms in 2007 or 2010

Give it a go and see how you get on
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