Outlook installation

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Wed Apr 10 09:35:53 UTC 2019

On Wed, 10 Apr 2019 at 10:51, Karl Auer <kauer at biplane.com.au> wrote:

> - run it in WINE (probably won't work)

I confess I've not tried Outlook but some of Office works surprisingly well.

I run Word 97 and 2003 for good reasons. 97 is the oldest (= smallest,
fastest, simplest) version that supports the version 2 .DOC file
format. It runs like lightning on C21 PCs. It works perfectly on WINE:
all the service releases and optional features can be installed and
work fine.

Word 2003 is the last version with the traditional UI. I find later
versions (with the Ribbon) unusable. It too works flawlessly under
CrossOver Office, including updates and service releases, and add-ons
like the Office 2007 file convertors. But I couldn't get it to install
on free WINE

Word 2000, OTOH, I could only install with difficulty and I couldn't
get the service packs to install.

So it depends on version. Old versions are more likely to work.

> Linux has a plethora of excellent mail clients, and there are a zillion
> web clients. Ten minutes talking to Uncle Google will turn up a dozen
> options for you to try.


Notably, GNOME Evolution is quite Outlook-like in operation and I
think it has a connector plugin for Exchange, but this requires either
MAPI or OWA (or both) to be installed/enabled on the Exchange server.

I know from my own experience -- I was a certified Exchange admin
once, in a more painful stage of my career -- that it's a very fragile
and super-complex program, and as such, Exchange admins do not like it
when users ask for server config changes just so that said user can
run a weird nonstandard client OS. ;-)

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