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By Mike Sosteric June 18, 2018 - 6:51am Comments (2)

Well, I gave MS office outlook email a real try, I really did. However, last week I stopped using the online web interface and went back to Thunderbird. I just find the Office stuff way too buggy and counterintuitive. I still find Yammer somewhat useful, but after exploring the Landing, I think this is the way to go. It is more feature rich an useful and despite being located separately from the "MS Office" space, more flexible and easy to use. Cudos to the Landing developers.



  • I totally agree, Mike, both about O365 and the Landing. I'm not so worried about the bugginess and annoying features of O365 as I am about its cavalier attitude to standards and the fact that we are locked in, totally beholden to whatever Microsoft chooses to inflict upon us (whether in terms, pricing, or tools), forever. It's particularly bothersome that we are increasingly making use of the totally proprietary stuff like SharePoint that cannot be moved to any other system, especially when we have a very good (but woefully under-maintained) Alfresco system that runs rings around it for most things we use it for. I also find it very disturbing that it is hosted in the US. Thunderbird is better for mail by a long way and, though the O365 calendar breaks most standards, it is just about good enough to work with standards-based calendars. The only regular use I have for Outlook is for setting out-of-office replies, but I can stomach the horrid Web interface (or even the mobile client, at a pinch) for that.

    The Landing needs a bit of TLC but it keeps on chugging along! We've had some big upgrades waiting in the wings for the past couple of years that really need to be implemented but don't have time to finish. However, this site has been running very happily (fewer serious crashes than most of our systems) for approaching 9 years now and still gets thousands of people logging in, and tens of thousands visiting it every month. Glad you are joining us.

    Jon Dron June 23, 2018 - 11:25am

  • Thanks Jon. Ya the Landing is good. I think it has improved since last time I tried to use it. Or maybe I'm just better with the technologies now. 

    It would be nice to see some personal analytics like we can get on, to see who is viewing, whether local or external. This helps to track student usage of papers.

    I'm not going to be using office 365 for anything anymore. It is just to cludgy. I'm even tempted to drop microsoft office, but I'm not sure the state of OS alternatives.

    Mike Sosteric June 23, 2018 - 3:57pm

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