Thursday, April 29, 2010

Part 39: Really? I can't use commas to separate email addresses?

So we recently upgraded our server. In addition to a bizarre method to change default printer preferences (which may well be the printer driver's fault so I won't document it here—yet), there's been a subtle change in our how Outlook works. Or, of course, doesn't work.

Let's say I want to email two people. In Gmail, I'd type in their addresses separated by commas, say, "sbrin@gmail.com, lpage@gmail.com". I'd write my message, hit "send" and go on my merry way. And that's how it used to work in Outlook. But not anymore. If I go to send an email in outlook, I can't write it to "bgates@microsoft.com, pallen@microsoft.com". Oh, no-siree-bob. If I do something that intuitive, I get an error message:


Wait, what? I can't separate email addresses with a comma? And, smartypants, since you obviously know what I was doing (i.e. that I was separating emails with commas) why can't you just make the goddamn change for yourself!

Oh, yes, Windows = productivity.

3 comments:

Brandon said...

I have a "why I hate windows" idea for you: EFS. I lost all my college documents, that I backed up to an external, due to upgrading. I guess the standard user should know that windows automaticly encrypts desktop files and that the user should find and copy the key with those files. I'm sure as an IT guy, you have some complaits about EFS too.

Krystn said...

OMFG I SO AGREE. I have recently been forced to use Windows XP for work and this freaking crap has gotten me at least 4 times now!! ;;;;;;;;; are you happy now outlook?

John said...

"since you obviously know what I was doing (i.e. that I was separating emails with commas) why can't you just make the goddamn change for yourself!"

A. Why did they change it?
B. See the above.

Pounding head on keyboard. The longer I use Windows, the less 'intuitive' and easy it gets to use.