It appears that Microsoft Outlook 2007 will take you way back in time when talking html mails. We all have a subscription to that very nice looking newsletter, full of colors and images. Microsoft now decided to take a step back (a few years actually) with Office 2007.
Think of Office 2007 as a mail application that has (according to SitePoint):
- no support for background images (HTML or CSS)
- no support for forms
- no support for Flash, or other plug ins
- no support for CSS floats
- no support for replacing bullets with images in unordered lists
- no support for CSS positioning
- no support for animated GIF’s
While Office 2007 had to be a state of the art office suite will in fact be a software package with even less support for visual appealing e-mails when compared to Office 2000. Please read the previous sentence again and calculate the number off years in between these two releases. If, like me, you think “7” than ask yourself this. While html rendering in Outlook 2002 was quite good, why do they only have limited functions in a package they launch 7 years later? What did developers do during these 7 years that they will not support CSS, the technology that transformed web and mail design during the last years. When every designer worldwide at last uses CSS to style his/her designs, MS decided they will no longer support this technology in their mail application.
The internet society is stunned, as you can read on
– Microsoft drop the ball with Outlook 2007
– Open Letter to Microsoft
– Microsoft Breaks HTML Email Rendering in Outlook 2007