What I don’t like about NewsGator Outlook Edition

So I finally decided to give NewsGator Outlook Edition a try (since I finally decided to go back to Outlook 2003 from Thunderbird).

+ I like the way it synchronizes with my NewsGator Online account, so that I didn’t have to re-enter all my RSS feeds.

– I don’t like the way all my carefully organized subfolders are now gone. Instead of ten nicely organized folders under the “Opinion” folders, now I have hundreds of messages from all my “Opinion” sources thrown together.

– I wish the “Go to site” option would open in my default browser (Firefox) and not within Outlook (IE). Or at least I should be given the option to decide. The way it’s now I have to click on the title which opens a message with the article text and then click on the link within the message which then launches my default browser.

– It’s really annoying to have to right-click on every message and select “Download pictures.” Clicking on “Add sender to safe-senders list” does not seem to work – I still have to do it every time.

+/- The MyNews page is cool, but I wish I could decide which feeds get displayed on it. I’m subscribed to some feeds for archival purposes (so I can search them later) but I don’t read them daily and don’t want them displayed on the MyNews page.

+ I like the way articles get categorized automatically when the feed includes the relevant information (Gizmodo, for example).

Comments from original posting of this article (on my previous blog):

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Posted by: Karan | December 7, 2004 10:50 AM

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