On 24/06/2009, at 9:58 PM, Matthew Pennell wrote:
...the reason that Outlook uses Word instead of a decent rendering engine is because of the same standards advocates complaining so much about IE6 being bundled with Windows!

Microsoft have since responded to the campaign [1] and thrown this argument out the window. Instead, they're justifying their decision by outlining how easy it is for laypeople to create rich emails in Word. It's true that creating rich documents in Word is simple, but that simplicity comes at the cost of interoperability since the only tool capable of rendering Word-generated HTML is Word itself. It also ignores the fact that emails authored in tools other than Word will not render correctly in Word.

In other words, Microsoft are effectively creating their own HTML- email standard, authorable and viewable in Microsoft tools only.


Nathan de Vries

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