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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value... but where's Outlook?, 31 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (3 User Licence) (PC) (Software)
This is fantastic value for the Home and Student edition of Office that, unlike the Student and Teacher version it replaces, can be used be *all* home users. I would've jumped at the chance of buying Office 2007 for less than £100... if only it contained Outlook.

I honestly can't think why Microsoft decided to remove this essential application from the home edition of their Office suite. It's without doubt my most-used Office application, and by excluding it they're only going to drive existing users to rival (and mostly free) products such as Mozilla Thunderbird, which while being so much better than the dreadful Outlook Express (now known as "Windows Mail" in Vista), doesn't quite include all the functionality of Outlook.

If you don't use Outlook much but do use a lot of Word, Excel and PowerPoint then this is a must-have upgrade. The new Office 2007 versions of these products are truly ground-breaking and will definitely increase your productivity and efficiency. Those used to having Outlook for their e-mail might be left feeling a little disappointed though.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2008 11:04:04 GMT
Most people use web based e-mail anyway these days so I think this is a good call by ms.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2009 15:12:12 GMT
Peter Smith says:
Upon what basis are you making that claim? I correspond by email with dozens of people and not one of them uses a web-based email system except as a back-up.

Posted on 14 Jan 2009 16:10:39 GMT
O. Henderson says:
Outlook is no longer neccersary as you can now get Windows Live mail (the new version) for free online. Just search it in google. However there have been a lot of reported problems with the latest wave of windows live programmes including live mail...

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 07:45:22 GMT
I thought that this package comes with outlook!! Can someone please tell me, what it means when it says upgrade? I have downloaded the trial version of Microsoft Office 2007, which includes, word,excel, power point, outlook, accouning etc, and would now like to buy it, although I do not use the accounting, and rarely the power point, so would appreciate any advice. Thanks

Posted on 9 Sep 2009 16:50:37 BDT
the reason why it does not come with outlook is due to all the anti trust palarva that MS are going though with the EU courts. It allows users to have the option to use another email client.

only problem is now, is that MS will make more money off those who swear by outlook as they have to buy it separately. well done courts of the EU!!! muppets.

Posted on 15 Apr 2010 12:37:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Apr 2010 12:39:32 BDT
Brendan says:
I use yahoo but I like to POP my most important accounts onto my PC laptop. I have such a lousey variable speed ISP (Sky until my contract ends!) connection (via BT) that trying to work over the internet is too slow. I make frequent reference to and search within my email. This is best done within the PC, indeed it is the only way for me while offline/travelling. Outlook is my most used application (with Word as editor). I also synchronise my smart phone Outlook calendar and contact list. The lack of Outlook has made me stop mid-purchase.
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