They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me
dr_phil_physics

Ugh

Sigh. Twenty-three years into service at WMU and I'd hoped to avoid it altogether. But no. I can not. The inevitable Borgification is coming. And during the Spring 2016, I shall be assimilated.

Damn, Outlook.

Western Michigan University has chosen Microsoft Office 365 to replace Webmail Plus. The migration from Webmail Plus to Office 365 will occur during the Spring 2016 semester. More information will be communicated to the University community and published here as planning progresses.
Of course, I am not thrilled with the current Webmail+, which has made a number of what should be simple tasks needlessly complicated -- or not available. I mean, the DEC VMS VAXmail we used when I first got here actually had some better functionality for certain tasks. And I know I filled out the survey WMU had and told them "No Outlook". But, as per usual, they didn't bother to listen to me. (sigh)

Mrs. Dr. Phil was absorbed by Outlook a few years ago. She still looks the same, but then pod people tend to, don't they? Or else she's really good at pretending to be One Of Them. I will never be One Of Them, even if I have to use Outlook.

Why do I hate Outlook so much?

For one thing, I really don't want my email program to have hooks into everything I do, thank you very much. And as one of the Big email products around, Outlook has always had a big Kick Me sign on it which hackers like to target. Security vulnerabilities in an email program can directly affect your writing and your spreadsheets. Grades, exams, etc.

Since forever, when I've installed Microsoft Office, I've unchecked Outlook. Or its stupider brother Outlook Express, for you oldtimers.

Will I _have_ to install Office 365 on my own machines? Will its installation screw up my installations of Office 95/97/2003/2010? Because I really hate Office 2013 on OUEST, the work laptop.

This, I am afraid, is not progress.

Dr. Phil
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Crossposted on LiveJournal
Tags: email, microsoft, upgrades, wmu
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