Features: Changed or removed in Outlook 2013


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Features: Changed or removed in Outlook 2013

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The below table contains information about what features changed or removed in Outlook 2013 (since Office 2010 was released). This applies to Office 2013 | Office 365 ProPlus.

Title

Scope

Type of Change

Description

Reason for Change

Benefits

Replacement

Additional Information

Outlook Meeting Workspaces

Outlook

Feature Removed

The Meeting workspaces feature is removed from Outlook. The entry point commands to create Meeting Workspaces is removed from both the Quick Access Toolbar and the Ribbon.

The feature was not widely used.

Allows for a simpler Ribbon experience.

N/A

For the feature description, see Use Meeting Workspaces to organize meetings

Outlook Exchange Classic offline

Outlook

Feature Removed

Offline mode is being removed from Outlook.

Offline mode is a legacy data access method for online mode connections to Exchange Server.

N/A

N/A

N/A

Remove /Cleanfreebusy switch and code

Outlook

Feature Removed

Users can no longer start Outlook by using the /cleanfreebusy switch. If they try this, they will receive the following message: "Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. The command line argument is not valid. Verify the switch you are using."

Because of the removal of the Public Folder Free/Busy feature, this switch is no longer needed.

N/A

N/A

N/A

Command Bars object model (OM)

Outlook

Modification

The Command Bars OM is being changed so that built-in Command Bar objects cannot be accessed through programming.

Command bars are not used in Outlook 2013. Therefore, add-ins that use the Command Bars OM are not required.

N/A

Use the IRibbonExtensibility interface in an Outlook 2013 add-in instead of command bars. You can’t customize Inspector ribbons by using VBScript code behind forms.

Updating Earlier Code for CommandBars

For more information about how to use IRibbonExtensibility to customize the Outlook 2013 user interface programmatically, see Extending the User Interface in Outlook 2010.

Outlook Direct Booking

Outlook

Feature Removed

Direct booking of resources in the calendar no longer exists.

This functionality is outdated and is superseded by the Exchange Availability service and free/busy for resources.

More reliable service.

Mailboxes that are currently configured to use Outlook direct booking should be migrated to Exchange 2007 or Exchange Server 2010 resource mailboxes.

Exchange 2007 and Exchange Server 2010 resource mailboxes provide a better range of features. These mailboxes also provide server-side administration by using the Exchange Management Shell or the Exchange Management Console to simplify resource mailbox management.

N/A

Import/Export to Applications

Outlook

Removing specific file-format support from the Import/Export wizard in Outlook

The ability to import/export Outlook data to legacy file formats.

The following legacy formats were removed from the Import/Export Wizard: Internet Mail Account Settings, Internet Mail and Addresses, Comma Separated Values (DOS), Access 97-2003, Excel 97-2003, Tab Separated Values (DOS), Tab Separated Values (Windows), ACT!, Contact Manager, Lotus Organizer, Outlook Express/Windows Mail, Personal Address Book.

N/A

Import/Export to the PST and CSV formats is still a supported option.

Export Outlook items to an Outlook Data File (.pst)

Journal Module and Journaling

Outlook

Feature Removed

The Journal Module is being removed as a top-level module, and auto-journaling is also being removed.

N/A

Replacement is unnecessary.

N/A

N/A

Outlook Links Collection

Office

Feature Removed

Links Collection object model is removed.

Functionality is removed in the UI.

N/A

N/A

N/A

Notes and Journal customization

Outlook

Feature Removed

Notes are now only yellow and medium size.

Keeping the Notes module simple.

Simplifying how Notes are used.

N/A

N/A

Legacy Contact Linking

Outlook

Feature Removed

The capability to link arbitrary Outlook items to Outlook contacts. This contact linking existed only for displaying information in the Activities tab of the contact, which is a feature that is also removed for Outlook 2013.

Contact linking is replaced by the Outlook Social Connector and the New Person Card.

N/A

N/A

N/A

Outlook Activities tab

Outlook

Feature Removed

The Activities tab on contact forms is not available for Outlook 2013. The Activities tab used to aggregate all Outlook items (e-mail, meetings, tasks, and so on) associated with a contact.

N/A

Simplicity

The Activities tab is replaced by the Outlook Social Connector and displays in the People pane.

N/A

Outlook Mobile Service (OMS)

Outlook

Feature Removed

Support for the Outlook Mobile Service protocol, which is used for sending and receiving text messages from Outlook, is being removed.

Feature has low usage.

No user benefit.

N/A

N/A

Suggested Contacts

Outlook

Feature Removed

Suggested Contacts was used to automatically keep track of everyone the user sends a message to, but who isn’t in Outlook contacts.

In a clean Outlook 2013 installation, Suggested Contacts is no longer available, the folder never is created, and no suggested contact items are created. In an upgrade to Outlook 2013, this folder is visible, and participates in linking, aggregation and search. However, no new suggested contact items are added to the folder. The folder displays in an upgrade scenario. However, it can now be deleted.

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Outlook Pubcal: Calendar Publishing

Outlook

Feature Removed

Removing the ability to publish one's calendar to Office.com.

N/A

N/A

Users in Exchange Server environments can use Exchange Calendar Publishing.

Non-Exchange users can use a service such as Hotmail to share calendars.

Enable Internet Calendar Publishing

How to keep your family in sync with Hotmail Calendar

Outlook/Exchange Deliver to PST

Outlook

Feature Removed

Removing the ability for users to have Exchange accounts delivering into PST files.

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dialup/VPN Options

Outlook

Feature Removed

Removing application level dial-up options and VPN options.

Available as part of the operating system.

N/A

Follow operating system instructions for configuring VPN or dial-up networking connections,

For Windows Vista and Windows 7, see Set up an incoming VPN or dial-up connection.

For Windows 8, see Configure a Dial-Up Networking Connection Item.

Public Folder Free/Busy

Office

Feature Removed

Public Folder Free/Busy feature is replaced.

Replaced by the Exchange availability service

Free/Busy functionality is more reliable

Free busy information can be obtained through the Exchange Availability service

Understanding the Availability Service

ToDo Bar

Outlook

Feature Removed

A new functionality is implemented.

A new feature known as Pinned Peeks is implemented to achieve similar functionality.

Pinned Peeks feature

N/A

N/A

User Datagram Protocol (UDP)

Office

Feature Removed

UDP is removed. In earlier versions of Outlook the feature was used for new mail alert results and for folder updates.

The UDP functionality that was provided by UDP is replaced with an asynchronous notification method.

N/A

N/A

N/A

Preview unread messages

Office

Feature Removed

The Auto Preview feature to preview unread items is removed. It remains possible to configure Message Preview for one, two, and three lines.

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Outlook categories quick click

Office

Feature Removed

Categories quick click from the message list is removed. Categories are displayed when they are applied in Office 2013 by right-clicking or using Ribbon buttons.

Low usage. This feature was used by around 1% of users.

Simplicity

Apply categories by choosing from the short-cut menus (right clicking) or by choosing Ribbon buttons.

N/A

Outlook Search through Windows Shell

Office and Windows

Feature Removed

In Office 2013, Outlook items do not display in Windows Shell searches (for example, searches from the Start Menu or by using Win+F). Perform Office searches within Office 2013.

N/A

N/A

Search Office items within the Office application.

N/A

  • You need to remove all the side portions of the webpage if you are going to post a table like that.  Would be nice to be able to read it.

  • I can't see the past the third column on my iPhone :(

  • The Activities tab is my main hub of organisation for MS Outlook.

    Impact of upgrading from 2007 to 2010 has dioabolical consequences for me.

    Long-term will be seeking alternative

  • I just upgraded to Outlook 2013 and can't see the "Quick parts" option that used to be under "insert" in 2010.  I use this constantly in my user-support work, and not having these "email templates" is a pain.  I don't see this feature listed as being removed (whew!) and the internal Outlook help says to look under "Insert" which doesn't exist in 2013.  Has anyone found this, or is it another casualty?  

  • To clarify my above comment, it would appear that the Quick parts I added in Outlook 2010 are not appearing in the usual place.  Presumably these are items I need to add in again by hand?  Has anyone else experienced this?

  • I notice it in Outlook 2013. So you can try this out. Create a new message > @ Ribbon > Select "Insert" > you can find the "Quick Parts".

  • Thanks so much Deva - I did find it, but all the Quick part entries (about 50 of them) are gone.  I hadn't uninstalled 2010 yet, so opened it up again hoping to at least insert them into a document that I could use to recreate them in 2013, but they are gone from Outlook 2010 too.  I think I'm up the creek (my fault for not backing them up), but for those of you who use this feature, learn from my mistake and either backup the Quick parts before upgrading, or expect them to be wiped clean.  All my other customizations came over seamlessly (Quick steps, folders, and the Quick access toolbar), so it's annoying that the upgrade wipes Quick parts off the map.  I do have a backup of my PC from before the upgrade, so I'll see whether I can somehow salvage something from that.

  • I am happy that you found the Quick Part and felt bad not backing up the older stuff. I can understand how tough it would be. Have a good one.

  • Apparently I'm in the 1% of users who used categories. I have tried everything and still can't get categories to work. Any tips?

  • I can find the Quick Parts button but the save to auto text gallery is not shaded and will not let me create new ones.

  • How does Outlook 2013 receive Fee/Busy data now then? (can't use cleanfreebusy switch)

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