March 23, 2004

Ahhh, Office 2004...FOR ME TO POOP ON!!!

It’s just not that fucking hard, really. I mean, let’s be clear here. Microsoft wants me to buy their new attempt at productivity suite monopoly - I acknowledge this. I already use the present version. There is one small problem with the present version that I have been waiting to hear that they have fixed. See, they have this email app called Entourage, which is actually a fairly functional app, save for this one, small, HIDEOUSLY STUPID lack of functionality.

It does most of what an email app/PIM is supposed to - handle multiple email accounts, of various types, using folders, yada, yada. However, (and here’s the killer) it does not interface with the OS X built-in address book or calendar. Nope. Apple goes and adds an LDAP-compatible address book system to OS X, provides us with iCal (which is good, because Entourage has so/so calendaring) …and Entourage DOESN‘T TALK TO THEM.

This is hideously stupid.

So now we have Office 2K4, in which the previews are all gushing “multiple additional functionality areas have been added!!” But do they tell me if it does that one, simple, no-brainer thing? Nope. Which leads me to believe that it doesn’t. This is why Microsoft needs to die. In order to use Entourage, see, I now need to give up on using any other application on OS X which needs/uses address information, because those apps (sensibly) use the OS-level services for such info. But Entourage doesn’t. So never the twain shall speak. This, by the way, is the reason I don’t use Entourage, but force myself to utilize OS X’s Mail.App - strictly for OS level Address book compatibility. See, if I use that, I can have my address book backed up automatically by Backup. I can have my Palm sync directly to the OS Address Book and not have to worry about it. I can use other, small apps and applets that tweak that datastore, and know that it will all be OK. I can iSync my address book information up to Apple’s servers, or between my computers, without thought.

Not if I use Entourage, though. And from the looks of it so far, despite having an entire major rev cycle to fix this stupid design issue, Microsoft hasn’t done it. I hope I’m wrong, and that the dumbshit here is merely one of a marketing nature - i.e. that Entourage has been fixed but that they don’t consider it important enough to trumpet in the ‘preview’ snippets they’ve been handing out. I don’t know. But I’m not holding my breath ‘till I turn blue. Posted by jbz at March 23, 2004 11:43 AM

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