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Friday, 17 June 2011 10:24
With every new release of their products, Microsoft has a knack for relocating and "logically" regrouping options and settings well known, and very much used, in previous versions. Outlook 2010 is no exception to this rule.
  1. With release of the version 2007, or as I like to call it [007] - license to commit suicide, we saw a new feature that MS didn't want to fix - Outlook won't work with your Exchange 2003 over the VPN. Was that another way of M$ forcing you to spend money on their "new" products or not is another story. Luckily for all of us in that predicament, M$ released a workaround (not FIX - a WORKAROUND) to that problem:

    • Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK
    • Locate and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Rpc
    • Click the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
    • Type Server2003NegotiateDisable as the name of the new DWORD Value
    • Right-click Server2003NegotiateDisable, and then click Modify.
    • In the Value Data box, type 1, and then click OK. ** Note This setting disables the bind time negotiation and multiple transfer syntax negotiation.
    • Quit Registry Editor. Restart the computer.

    Well, with 2010, the problem is back and this solution won't work. The only thing that seem to work (found by Sylvain Lajeunesse, my colleague at work) is to set DNS manually on the VPN TCP/IP properties. For whatever reason, the DNS settings automatically assigned by the VPN DHCP server are ignored. Go figure! This is so inexplicable that I'm...

  2. Conversation View of the 2010 inbox is a fantastic new feature, especially in the way it was advertized it would work. However, by default it's, mildly put - screwed up majorly. Here's a little history: before 2007, conversation view didn't even exist, not in a shape that it's in any way useful. With 2007, the feature started to make sense. The indentation was right and a little [Next/Prev] hints within each message thread were visually very useful. The problem was that the only messages in the Conversation View shown in the Inbox were the messages you received. The ones you sent were still sitting in your Sent Items. To work around that problem, I created a (client-only rule, unfortunately) by which every message I send gets moved to the Inbox. This way my Conversation View finally became useful. With 2010, this is no longer necessary. The view could be told to include messages from other folders, Sent Items et al. Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Yes, fabulous, indeed... if it wasn't for the M$ default settings that are scattered all over the place.

    • Turn the Conversation View On/Off: View tab -> check off Show as Conversation.
    • While you're on the View tab, from the Conversation Settings dropdown, pick Show Messages from Other Folders. This brings into the Conversation threads messages from ALL your folders, Sent Items included.
      Normally, threaded conversations should expand/collapse triangle to the left of the heading message. However, these threads will show with "already replied to this message" icon, instead. It's not otherwise obvious that the message represents a threaded conversation. This is a bit wrong but I think we can get used to that.
    • From the same dropdown, pick Always Expand Conversations. With replies to replies in a single conversation thread, the successive (sub)replies normally show indented, each level indented more. When you expand this conversation, only first level indentations open making the entire thread look incomplete. To see the entire thread, you must click on the triangle again. I find it silly that this option is turned off by default.
    • Again, from the same dropdown pick Use Classic Indented View. With this option turned off the only indication which reply refers to which message are those funny and hard-to-see branch lines on the left. And again, why would anyone think this is useful and it should be like that by default???
    • Finally, open Outlook Options, switch to Mail and scroll all the way down and check off Don't automatically expand conversations when use the keyboard to change messages. This option will save you from big headaches, excruciating eye blood pressure, and lots and lots of aggravation. By default (why, oh why????), as you change messages with your keyboard would you want your conversation threads to keep expanding and collapsing automatically. The screen and messages keep moving up and down making you constantly looking for where the hell are you now in the Inbox.

Well, that's my speach for today. I was that aggravated with the new default settings that I *absolutely* had to vent it out somewhere
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