Does Outlook 2013/IMAP suck compared to Outlook 2010? Thinking of downgrading

Our office installed Outlook 2013 on 3 workstation, including the Director's, all others are using Outlook 2010. We are using IMAP to an in-house dovecot server. We were planning on upgrading the rest of the workstations to 2013, but I'm having serious issues:

Messages get stuck in the outbox. I've followed various expert instructions, including very good information at http://www.slipstick.com/problems/common-problems-that-cause-email-to-stay-in-the-outbox/. All solutions fail except for recreating the profile; which I've had to do several times.

I also had to create a new profile for The Boss because his WebDAV calendar stopped getting updated. After creating the new profile he was able to re-publish his calendar. About a week later - same thing, no calendar updates. This time I did not have to create a new profile. His Outlook had the 'Publish to WebDAV' server option enabled -- as if the calendar had never been published, or rather, become unpublished. I did the 'Publish' and his calendar was able to update to the various people he subsequently invited. Two days ago, his calendar stopped updating again. I suppose I'll have to create a new profile ... again.

Meanwhile, last week, The Boss asked 4 of the other staff to publish their calendars to him. 2 have Outlook 2010; 2 have Outlook 2013. The 2010 users published, no problem. The 2013 users show the 'Publish to WebDAV server' option, but when clicked absolutely nothing happens. No error message, no options dialog, nothing. The Boss also has Outlook 2013 and <i>was</i> able to publish his calendar, so this "nothing happens" phenomenon is not the case for all 2013 instances.

Other things: Foxit (PDF utility) and anti-virus (Vipre) add-ins have to be disabled in Outlook 2013 or Outlook hangs. Sending emails from within Foxit or Excel 2013 either hang Outlook or gives the ole "nothing happens" condition.

I've recreated profiles countless times (minor exaggeration) for all 2013 users. Meanwhile, I've had no real problems with Outlook 2010 users except for the IMAP "strikeout instead of delete" issue which is handled by settings.

So, is there something fundamentally broken with Outlook 2013/IMAP? I am sisyphus-ing the proverbial rock up a hill with this product? Is anyone else having these kinds of problems using IMAP and Outlook 2013 or is it just me? If so, has anyone been able to resolve the problems once and for all? As I said, I'm seriously considering downgrading to 2010.
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Outlook to me is a front end for exchange and always does funny things when used differently. That said, 2010 worked surprisingly well with the google connector and IMAP and played nice with other mail servers like kerio. 2013 broke the Google connector for awhile and when it finally did become an option it did things like you are describing especially in relation to calendars.

It's almost like Microsoft realized that outlook 2010 worked too well with these alternative email servers and that was taking business from exchange and they broke it again for 2013.

Anyway the end result for me was to use emclient
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MarkAuthor Commented:
It's almost like Microsoft realized that outlook 2010 worked too well with these alternative email servers and that was taking business from exchange and they broke it again for 2013.
Yeah, I've had the same feeling, but perhaps not so much taking business away from Exchange -- MS has dropped Exchange from their SBS replacement: Server Essentials, clearly to force people to outlook.com. Seems like they're trying to move everyone but BIG business away from Exchange. I wonder if Outlook 2013 plays nicer with the MS "Cloud".
Anyway the end result for me was to use emclient
I'll google this, but tell me more about emclient? Does it provide shared (DAV) calendars? Categories? Those are the must haves for this office. What do you like about it?
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
Emclient seems to work well for everything I've tried, but it's missing conversation view, a deal breaker for some. It's full featured for 30 days so try it out in your environment.
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MarkAuthor Commented:
I've re-created the profiles in question, then did a "repair" -- in that order, and it worked. Doing a repair, then online repair then recreating the profile -- in that order, did not work.

So far all 2013 users can publish calendars and accept invitations. We'll see how long that lasts.

I've checked out emclient and it seems to be pretty full featured. We don't need conversation view since that is new with Outlook 2013 and our users are not familiar with that feature. It does appear to have categories which it the main needed feature aside from calendars. If 2013 continues to mis-behave I'll give that a shot.

Office 2010 look prohibitively expensive on the Internet, probably because people want to continuing using it. I've founds lots of links with people complaining about 2013 and saying how much better 2010 was with non-Exchange servers.
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