As you’ve probably heard, this is your last week to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.. I’ve been holding off doing this update for awhile now, as I wanted the bugs to get sorted out and everything. But with the deadline looming near, I finally started working towards that goal this weekend. And the first step was making sure that all of my programs were compatible with Windows 10.
Unfortunately, Office 2003 has some issues with Windows 10, which prompted me to pull the trigger on Office 365 (something I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time). Thankfully, the upgrade went off without a hitch, and I was up and running in no time flat.
I was most concern about Outlook, as that’s my lifeline to the world, and I’ve been using it for as long as I can remember. I backed up my e-mail prior to the update in case something went wrong (which was a LONG process, considering that I’ve got a 10MB+ PST file, with literally tens of thousands of e-mails spanning the past decade or more), but it imported everything automatically and I was good to go.
But when I saw the new interface for Outlook 2016, I was in shock, and not in a good way. The colors are awful (there are a few themes to choose from, but none of them are very good, and the Light Grey theme that was offered in previous versions of Outlook is no longer available), the fonts are hard to read, there’s way too much spacing, and it’s just a hot mess.
You’d think that they’d give users the ability to fine-tune the display options to their liking, but that’s not the case at all, with VERY minimal options to choose from. Microsoft support forums have threads spanning YEARS, with users asking for the ability to do things like this, and MS basically responds saying to submit a request and they’ll consider it. Considering that many of these requests are from 2010 and on, it’s clear they just don’t give a fuck.
Honestly, I’m a little perplexed as to why Microsoft is ignoring their customers, considering there are other options out there. I’m still in my 30-day trial, and I’m trying my best to make it work (spending way too much of my precious time trying to address various concerns). But in the end, if I’m not feeling it, I’ll likely either downgrade to an older version, or try Google’s offerings instead.
Functionality should always trump design. Especially when it’s bad design!