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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Outlook 2011 for Mac to render HTML email via Webkit?

A hugely promising report from 9to5Mac that the Mac version of Outlook 2011 uses the webkit framework to render email, rather than MS Word. Read more »

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Outlook remains the same

After a long break, we're back to keep you up to date with changes (and the lack of changes) in the email client market place. Read more »

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Microsoft prove they’re listening

Microsoft send us a clear message that they're listening to our feedback about HTML rendering in the next version of Outlook. Check out the photos of the Office team with the Fix Outlook mosaic. Read more »

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Fix Outlook mosaic is on the wall at Microsoft!

In a fantastic closure to the Fix Outlook campaign, Microsoft have let us know that the mosaic we sent them is now sitting proudly on their office wall. Read more »

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sending a final message to Microsoft about Outlook 2010

After the huge success of the fixoutlook.org campaign, we decided to create a mosaic of everyone who contributed to send a final message to Microsoft about how important this really is. Read more »

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Microsoft responds to our call for standards support

After a phenomenal response to the fixoutlook.org project, Microsoft have posted an official response on the Outlook blog. We've put together a number of our own thoughts on what they had to say. Read more »

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Microsoft to ignore web standards in Outlook 2010 - enough is enough

Microsoft have just confirmed they plan on using the crippled Word rendering engine to display HTML emails in Outlook 2010. They want your feedback on this decision, so we've made it easy for you to do just that. Read more »

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Advice for designing emails right now

The Email Standards Project  is all about improving the rendering of HTML and CSS in email clients, but in the mean time, you still have to design. Here's the best resources to help you get started. Read more »

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mobile email clients put to the test

Gregg Oldring of Mailout Interactive has done some excellent testing of mobile email clients ability to render HTML email. Here's what he found. Read more »

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Email Standards Project  in 2009

In November of 2007 we got things rolling with the Email Standards Project, and had some early success through 2008. In 2009 we'll be pushing further, trying to reach the right people in the right places to make a difference. Read more »

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Windows Live Mail Beta

The Windows Live Mail team posted a blog entry last month with a link to a new beta version of Windows Live Mail. While Windows Live Mail already scored a solid "Excellent" in our test, we thought we'd give her another spin to see if much has changed. Read more »

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

.net Magazine article published online

Just a quick note to mention that my opinion piece in .net Magazine (as mentioned earlier) has now been published on the magazine site. We should see some more interest in the Email Standards Project  from this!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

.Mac becomes Mobile Me

Last month, Apple replaced it's .mac webmail service with a shiny new web application called Mobile Me. We gave it a try to see whether it did any better on our email ACID test that it's previous incarnation. Read on to find out. Read more »

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

IBM to release Lotus Notes for iPhone

Our testing with different versions of Lotus Notes has turned up mixed results so far, so we were interested to see that an iPhone version of the widely used software was in the works. Read more »

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Want to test your own email client?

We've tested the major market email clients with our acid test so far, the ones we get the most complaints and questions about. There are plenty of other email programs out there though, on the web and on desktops. We've received a lot of requests for people to be able to test their own preferred email client, so here's your chance. Read more »

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Yahoo! Mail acknowledges spacing issues

We've posted about recent changes in paragraph spacing that many people have noticed in Yahoo! Mail. An update on the Yahoo! Mail blog confirms they are aware of some problems.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Novell Groupwise passes with flying colors

With the Email Standards Project we've tended to concentrate on the major email clients, but especially the ones which could charitably be said to have room for improvement. Today we're applauding a product that has got it right, Novell Groupwise. Read more »

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Yahoo! drops paragraph spacing

Not long after we celebrated Yahoo! Webmail meeting all of our Acid test requirements, it seems a change has been made. We received several reports of paragraphs suddenly having no space between them, and Email Standards Project team member Diana Potter investigated. Read more »

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Outlook 2007 doesn’t show image borders

We've updated the report for Outlook 2007 based on an email from Email Standards Project supporter Carl Russell, and testing from the team here. Outlook 2007 apparently does not support border styles on images at all. Read more »

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Gmail Appeal Update - We have contact!

Only a few days after the release of our 2008 Gmail Appeal video, we have had some success! A Google engineer has offered to help - read on for more.
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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Make your own Gmail Grimace video

As promised, you can download all the Gmail Grimace photos and put together your own video to keep reaching out to the Gmail team. We've also included the Email Standards Project logo for you. Read more »

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Project Gmail Grimace video live

Thanks to the fantastic (and at times horrifying!) collection of faces sent in to our Gmail Grimaces group, we've put together a short video appeal to the Gmail team. We'd love it if you could check out the video, and then start plugging it however you can.

Blog about it, send it to your web design group, re-enact it in the foyer of your office building...anything you can do to get this video seen as many times as we can, so that we can eventually reach the right people. We'll also be uploading all the images so you can make your own video very soon. Watch the 2008 Gmail Appeal.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Email Standards Project in .net Magazine

UK web design print monthly .net magazine (not the framework) has just published their April edition, which contains an opinion piece I wrote for them titled 'Better HTML emails'. I give the Email Standards Project a big plug. Read more »

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Last call for Gmail Grimaces

We've collected over 50 photos of people showing just how Gmail makes them feel, when they try do create HTML emails, but we think there are some more great grimaces out there! The deadline is fast approaching, so get your grimaces in by Friday, March 14th and we can start working on the video. Read more »

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Yahoo! Mail Update: Now in Full Compliance of Acid Test

The Yahoo! Mail team was not satisfied with their acid test results, even though they only lacked support for a single item on our list. So they went off and remedied the bug and are now in 100% compliance. Read more »

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