RE: If you miss gif support in Microsoft Office 2007 Outlook, plz comm

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I do miss animated gif support in Outlook. It should have never been removed.

Does removal of animated gif support result in more simplicity? Yes - for
Microsoft. Better security? Allegedly. But if there is vulnerability in the
graphics rendering engine, then Microsoft might as well shut down Internet
Exploder. Not viable to remove the browser? Well fix the rendering engine
(if it supposedly allows malicious code).

Animated gifs make a big difference in the revenue we generate from sales of
our Windows-based software. We are able to present products in a better way,
directing the user's attention to our calls to action. The change by
Microsoft to no longer support gif animation directly affects this aspect of
how we handle our promotions. Furthermore, it eliminates other simplified
methods of business presentation that we would use via email.

There are people who don't miss animated gifs in their emails due to poor
animations or whatever, but animated gifs have been around a long time and
are useful when done properly. Microsoft should enable its customers with
useful tools - not take them away.

Removing the animated gif support "under the radar" is slowly further
revealing that Microsoft is just going to do what it wants to do no matter
what. To me, it's just another small nail...

"cheryl" wrote:

> Microsoft no longer supports the anmation file format "GIF" in their new
> Office Suite. I have noticed it doesn't function in Outlook and I expect it
> won't function in Word either.
>
> It was explained to me the Microsoft Office 2007 was designed with the
> business user in mind and this group suggested the functionality of "GIF's"
> and I am guessing "SWF's" and similar files be disabled.
>
> I submitted that Dell, Gateway and other manufacturers of hardware promote
> Microsoft Office as suite of choice and therefore it is in many homes across
> the world.
>
> With all this in mind, if you would wish to see Gif's, Swf's and other HTML
> file formats supported in Word and Outlook, please tell Microsoft. Reply to
> this thread, post incident reports, or begin your own thread.
>
> Thank you for your support.
>
> Cheryl
>
> Microsoft's MVP response to my initial query as to why GIF's were not
> animated in the 2007 version of Office....
>
> Why? Two reasons: security and simplicity. Microsoft has shifted the
> rendering engine for Outlook mail messages from Internet Explorer to Word, a
> decision likely to please security-conscious administrators and users
> everywhere. Consolidating the rendering of all formats of Outlook messages
> into one engine, Word, greatly improves both general support for the mail
> editor/reader and extensibility. As part of that process, decisions had to be
> made on what level of HTML support to provide, given the resources available
> in the Office 2007 product development cycle. More consistent CSS support
> made the cut; animated GIFs apparently didn't, perhaps because of technical
> limitations related to the use of Word as the rendering engine rather than IE.
>
> You can make a suggestion via this community forums web site that Microsoft
> restore animated GIF support in a future update for Outlook 2007. Or, you can
> file a formal support incident with Microsoft. Either way, I would not expect
> this decision to change unless there is a vast groundswell of opinion from
> Microsoft customers. Animated GIFs seem relatively low on the list of
> features that most users want to see in Outlook. I personally will not miss
> them at all.
>
> > Sue Mosher,
> Author of Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003
> http://www.turtleflock.com/olconfig/index.htm
> and Microsoft Outlook Programming - Jumpstart for
> Administrators, Power Users, and Developers
> http://www.outlookcode.com/jumpstart.aspx

 
Q

Q2Fyb2xhRHVibmVy

I'm just a lowly Outlook user, with no financial stake in it's success, but
tonight I missed a really great birthday wish from a friend because I
couldn't see the gif animation in Outlook. It's cute, fun, and is the future
direction of the use of the computer. We're a long way from the days of
boring ASCII, when you could only "draw" on the computer by stringing
together different letters, numbers and punctuation marks, like this:

CCCCC
CCc^^cc^^CC
d( O O )b
+---oOOo-(_)-oOOo-----+
| Carola |
| Cambridge, MA |
| oooO |
| ( ) Oooo |
+--\ (-----( )-----------+
\_) ) /
\_)

Come on, Microsoft, you can do better -- it's almost 2010!
Carola

"Ron" wrote:

> I do miss animated gif support in Outlook. It should have never been removed.
>
> Does removal of animated gif support result in more simplicity? Yes - for
> Microsoft. Better security? Allegedly. But if there is vulnerability in the
> graphics rendering engine, then Microsoft might as well shut down Internet
> Exploder. Not viable to remove the browser? Well fix the rendering engine
> (if it supposedly allows malicious code).
>
> Animated gifs make a big difference in the revenue we generate from sales of
> our Windows-based software. We are able to present products in a better way,
> directing the user's attention to our calls to action. The change by
> Microsoft to no longer support gif animation directly affects this aspect of
> how we handle our promotions. Furthermore, it eliminates other simplified
> methods of business presentation that we would use via email.
>
> There are people who don't miss animated gifs in their emails due to poor
> animations or whatever, but animated gifs have been around a long time and
> are useful when done properly. Microsoft should enable its customers with
> useful tools - not take them away.
>
> Removing the animated gif support "under the radar" is slowly further
> revealing that Microsoft is just going to do what it wants to do no matter
> what. To me, it's just another small nail...
>
>
>
> "cheryl" wrote:
>
> > Microsoft no longer supports the anmation file format "GIF" in their new
> > Office Suite. I have noticed it doesn't function in Outlook and I expect it
> > won't function in Word either.
> >
> > It was explained to me the Microsoft Office 2007 was designed with the
> > business user in mind and this group suggested the functionality of "GIF's"
> > and I am guessing "SWF's" and similar files be disabled.
> >
> > I submitted that Dell, Gateway and other manufacturers of hardware promote
> > Microsoft Office as suite of choice and therefore it is in many homes across
> > the world.
> >
> > With all this in mind, if you would wish to see Gif's, Swf's and other HTML
> > file formats supported in Word and Outlook, please tell Microsoft. Reply to
> > this thread, post incident reports, or begin your own thread.
> >
> > Thank you for your support.
> >
> > Cheryl
> >
> > Microsoft's MVP response to my initial query as to why GIF's were not
> > animated in the 2007 version of Office....
> >
> > Why? Two reasons: security and simplicity. Microsoft has shifted the
> > rendering engine for Outlook mail messages from Internet Explorer to Word, a
> > decision likely to please security-conscious administrators and users
> > everywhere. Consolidating the rendering of all formats of Outlook messages
> > into one engine, Word, greatly improves both general support for the mail
> > editor/reader and extensibility. As part of that process, decisions had to be
> > made on what level of HTML support to provide, given the resources available
> > in the Office 2007 product development cycle. More consistent CSS support
> > made the cut; animated GIFs apparently didn't, perhaps because of technical
> > limitations related to the use of Word as the rendering engine rather than IE.
> >
> > You can make a suggestion via this community forums web site that Microsoft
> > restore animated GIF support in a future update for Outlook 2007. Or, you can
> > file a formal support incident with Microsoft. Either way, I would not expect
> > this decision to change unless there is a vast groundswell of opinion from
> > Microsoft customers. Animated GIFs seem relatively low on the list of
> > features that most users want to see in Outlook. I personally will not miss
> > them at all.
> >
> > > > Sue Mosher,
> > Author of Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003
> > http://www.turtleflock.com/olconfig/index.htm
> > and Microsoft Outlook Programming - Jumpstart for
> > Administrators, Power Users, and Developers
> > http://www.outlookcode.com/jumpstart.aspx

 

Brian Tillman

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"CarolaDubner" <CarolaDubner> wrote in message
news:26CD0334-0734-470D-82A9-87428BE4331B@microsoft.com...

> I'm just a lowly Outlook user, with no financial stake in it's success, but
> tonight I missed a really great birthday wish from a friend because I
> couldn't see the gif animation in Outlook.


Because Outlook does not show animation is no reason to miss the animation.
Open the message in your web browser and you'll see it.

 
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