Outlook 2003

I am edging closer to switching from Mozilla Thunderbird to Outlook 2003.

The reasons are quite simple. I need e-mail, tasks, and calender all intergrated into one interface. Thunderbird with the calender add-on simple is not polished and usable enough for me at this point, despite trying every possible thing I could come up with to make it better.

Outlook 2003 does this approach better then any product out there on the market today. Plus I already have a copy, so it isn’t like I need to purchase another one. Outlook 2003’s interface is one of the best I have seen for an e-mail program in awhile (although I still prefer Thunderbird in the end).

Security wise, I install the latest security updates whenever they come out, use antivirus software, and I’m not stupid enough to open unsafe attachments.

However, despite all of this…I don’t want to give up using Thunderbird. Its a great program that has done what it does best extremely well. I just need the additional functionality that Outlook 2003 provides, which allows me to easily keep track of various things tasks, events, etc. I already lost track how many times I nearly forgot about an appointment or a bill because I didn’t have everything written down in a central place. Notes on paper would fall behind the desk or worse, get thrown away by accident or misplaced. The calender in the kitchen was a great idea, except I never think to look at it.

What is a geek supposed to do???

9 thoughts on “Outlook 2003

  1. Hmm, I feel your pain.
    Could you list the things you would like to see happen between Calendar and TB? (what you find is missing).
    And what of notes you would like as well?
    I’m the author of QuickNote and it works with TB, I’m planning on allowing it to open in a sidebarlike window in TB for the next release. What else would you find usefull.

    I’m interested in your ideas/thoughts


  2. Some things off the top of my head that needs to appear in Thunderbird/Calender.

    1) No equivalent to the “Outlook Today” screen, with the calender, tasks, and e-mail all organized in one spot. This is the big one that keeps me thinking about switching to Outlook 2003.

    2) I have always found Thunderbird’s contacts interface to be clunky at best compared to Outlook’s. Outlook’s just seems more simple and powerful at the same time. I don’t know, maybe it is the address card like interface that it I like. Plus the fact it just is intergrated well into the rest of the program.

    3) Polish. Thunderbird/Calender is a rather clunky combination right now. Outlook 2003 is extremely smooth and polished at this point (of course it has had more versions to build upon), with all of its components just working/looking well together. This is more of Thunderbird/Calender still being young than anything else, but the only aspect of this combination that I find polished is e-mail.

    4) Exchange support. Work uses it. The university I just graduated from uses it. Thunderbird doesn’t have it (except via IMAP, which I can’t use if neither exchange server has that turned on). Being able to access my e-mail via Outlook all in one spot and not have to worry about clunky webmail interfaces is a big plus. Granted, I have yet to try this out, but in theory it would work well.

    This is just things that stand out to me. QuickNote is a nice extension, you have done a great job with it. Keep up the good work.

    One thing is for certain. Assuming I switch to Outlook (which isn’t set in concrete yet): If Thunderbird/Calender ever comes close to fullfilling what I need, I would switch in a heartbeat back.

  3. I agree. If you have Outlook with Business Contact Manager, there is no need for any productivity software like act!.
    But the problem is due to virus, I don’t want to use it.
    I am right now using Thunderbird and ACT! to do my business. What a pity!
    I paid money to buy Outlook 2003 with BCM. If only someone just follow the program and make similar to it. Like GNOME people are doing with Evolution.
    Guess need to wait. Or Linspire need to fund an engineer like developing NVU.
    Waiting for good things to happen.
    Hem Ramachandran

  4. Right… A friend of mine who recently switched to TB on my advice is very happy of the mail tool. But she misses so much the calendar integration that she considers switching back, despite of the security problems.
    That’s a very serious concern for the spread of TB, and an integrated Sunbird **with Palm and PDA sync** becomes every day a more important feature to add.

  5. While a long-time Thunderbird (and previously Mozilla Mail) user, owning a Pocket PC based PDA makes things challenging at times. I have all my contacts that are stored in Outlook, and I can’t even remember the last time my Thunderbird address book was even remotely up-to-date. It’s too much of a pain duplicating everything…

    Outlook, while by no means perfect, does a top-notch job of intregrating the various functions, and as such is the perfect partner for a PDA. The interface in 2003 is a great improvement over previous versions, and certainly gives Thunderbird some stiff competition.

    My main two irks with Outlook are (a) the security nightmares that plague it, (b) it’s not-so-fantastic IMAP support (specifically, not having an easy way to be able to store sent messages on the server, and the option to support a delete mode like Thunderbird defaults to).

    The page-like email view is very nice to work with. The Charamel theme is probably one of the nicest Thunderbird themes that I’ve used, and seems to adopt this page-style appearance for emails. If only it was available in either native system colours or blue tones, rather than the mauve colours it uses…………

  6. While I can see reasons for switching over to Outlook 2003, I made the switch from Outlook 2003 to Thunderbird. I still use parts of Outlook 2003, however I use Thunderbird as my main email program. My reasons are very simple. I use mutliple email accounts and Outlook 2003 can not handle the load as well as Thunderbird.

    Every program has strenghts and weaknesses. I find using combinations of programs is the best pratice on some projects. It saves money and in some cases it saves time from me having to go out and find a new “All-in-One.”

  7. Circumstances are forcing me to move from TB1 to Outlook 2003. Trouble is I have a GB or so of email in TB. Does anyone knoe of a good way of importing this into Outlook 2003?


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