Friday, August 13, 2010

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Changes To Outlook 2010 From Outlook 2007

Microsoft Outlook, formerly Microsoft Office Outlook, is a personal information manager from Microsoft, available both as a separate application as well as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. The current version is Microsoft Outlook 2010 for Windows. Although often used mainly as an e-mail application, it also includes a Calendar, Task Manager, Contact Manager, note taking, a journal and web browsing.
The following section summarizes the feature changes in Outlook 2010.

Conversation view
The Conversation view in Outlook 2010 is changed. The Conversation view provides a threaded view of e-mail messages in an Microsoft Outlook folder, and in Outlook 2010 is accessed by clicking View, Conversation, and then Show Messages in Conversations. The improved Conversation view helps users deal with larger volumes of incoming e-mail, reduces information overload, and increases user productivity in e-mail.

Improved IMAP support
IMAP accounts are easier to set up in Outlook 2010 than in earlier versions. When users add a new account in Outlook 2010, the automatic configuration of a Webmail account will set the account type to IMAP by default for IMAP-supported Webmail accounts such as Google Mail (Gmail). 
Note that users can change the account type to POP3 by selecting the Manually configure server settings option in the Add New Account dialog box. If the user dont want to use IMAP, then the user should manually configure e-mail account.
The Delete and Send operations for IMAP accounts are also improved in Outlook 2010. IMAP accounts now have a separate Deleted Items folder. Also, Outlook 2010 does not prompt for a Sent Items folder, as Office Outlook 2007 did. This is consistent with Outlook behavior for other e-mail account types.

Outlook is more responsive for IMAP users in Outlook 2010 and Office Outlook 2007 SP2. On-demand downloads of messages now occur in the background.

Faster performance
Outlook 2010 starts and exits faster than Office Outlook 2007. Outlook 2010 performance is faster overall than Office Outlook 2007.

Menu and commands
ALT keyboard shortcuts With the introduction of the ribbon in Outlook 2010, the ALT keyboard shortcuts have changes. Press ALT to display the command key tips.

Copy Folder Design The Copy Folder Design command is replaced with the ribbon View tab option Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders.

Current View and Organize panes The Current View pane in the navigation pane for Contacts, Tasks, and Notes is removed in Outlook 2010. Also the Organize pane accessed in Office Outlook 2007 by clicking Tools and Organize is removed in Outlook 2010. You can change and format your views by using the features on the ribbon View tab.

Go menu The Go menu option is redundant with the Navigation pane in Office Outlook 2007. The keyboard shortcuts that were shown in the Go menu still work and are now displayed as tooltips on the navigation pane buttons. For example, you can use Ctrl+1 to switch to Mail, Ctrl+2 for Calendar, Ctrl+3 for Contacts, Ctrl+4 for Tasks, and so on.

Plan a Meeting This dialog box accessed in Office Outlook 2007 from the Actions menu in the Calendar view is replaced by the ribbon Home tab Schedule View command in the Calendar view.

View Group Schedules This dialog box accessed in Office Outlook 2007 from the Actions menu in the Calendar view is replaced by the commands in the Manage Calendars section on the ribbon Home tab and in the navigation pane in the Calendar view. From the ribbon Calendar Groups option, you can create a Calendar Group by clicking Create New Calendar Group or save currently displayed calendars by using the Save as New Calendar Group. In the navigation pane, you can select which group calendars to view and right-click on a group to find the Rename Group, Delete Group, and New Calendar Group commands.

Search tools
Outlook 2010 enables you to easily find and manage large quantities of e-mail, calendar items and contact files. The Search tab on the new Outlook 2010 ribbon includes search filter options to help quickly narrow your search results. You can quickly change the scope of search by selecting, for example, All Subfolders. You can then refine the search by using search filter buttons such as Subject, Has Attachment, or Unread. You can also run advanced searches and view your recent searches to run them again.

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