As several users, including yours truly reported, MS Outlook is painfully slooooooow. I especially liked Mini Microsoft’s description:
“You’d think I had just sprayed the inside of my poor mega-laptop with saltwater to induce non-stop fritzing. I’ve learned to meditate while Outlook ruminates over ten incoming POP messages of 69K. Perhaps it takes a few seconds over each incoming message or RSS feed to contribute to solving a Grand Challenge. Or it and Desktop Search have to play 333 iterations of rock-paper-scissors everytime a change has to be written.”
Microsoft recommended solution was to reduce one’s Outlook data file. Apparently few users followed it, so now Microsoft came out with the absolute solution: Windows Live OneCare deletes users outlook.pst file. You know, that’s the unimportant little file where you keep all your email, contacts, appointments, tasks ..etc.
I suppose starting from scratch with an empty data file speeds up Outlook…
This is so pathetic, I don’t really know what to say … Phil Wainewright said it best on ZDNet:
“It’s astonishing that in the midst of a serious challenge from a new generation of Web-native office suites, Microsoft should give its rivals a helping hand by handicapping its own product so badly…”
Update (3/10): Deja Vu… MS programs killing MS programs is nothing new…