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Outlook remains the same

Posted by Mathew Patterson on August 18, 2010 in

Let’s start with information that you probably comes as no surprise: Outlook 2010 does not improve the HTML or CSS rendering situation in any way. It comes down to Microsoft’s continuing use of the MS Word rendering engine, which has been carried through from Outlook 2007.

If you’ve wondered why the Email Standards Project  has gone so quiet, it is because unfortunately we’ve not had a lot of news. However, we’re still here, and we’re still working on ways to improve the capabilities of email clients in the long term.

We want to say thank you to everyone who has taken part so far, whether by tweeting or blogging or taking part in our Gmail Grimace or Fix Outlook campaigns.

What’s next?

Later this year we will be rerunning all of our email client tests, and possibly expanding them out to other email clients. Remember, this is about improving the situation for most designers, and that means concentrating on the mass market email tools which give us the most trouble. So while it is great to know that the latest free web mail client renders well, it isn’t really our role to test it.

We definitely appreciate your feedback though - what are the capabilities most troublesome and in which email clients are you running into the most problems?  One piece of good news for designers is that mobile email clients are becoming more popular and the rendering we’ve seen so far has been pretty good. Webkit based email readers are by nature much easier to work with than traditional desktop engines.

In the corporate world Outlook still dominates, and that’s going to be true for quite some time yet. We’re not giving up on improving the next version of Outlook, and we’ll be asking for your help again in the future. Thanks for being part of this project!

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