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Outlook 2007 an absolute resource hog

Posted by geeknews at 2:36 PM on September 12, 2007

I upgraded to Office 2007 a few weeks ago and have decided that was a big mistake. I am now looking at pulling Office 2007 off the machine and downgrading to Office 2003.

I have a lot of email accounts and every time Outlook downloads mail my systems comes to a complete stand still. I can do nothing until it is finished. This is absolutely ridiculous.

I check mail every 15 minutes and it takes outlook at least 60 seconds to poll the 11 email accounts I have it check and during that time I cannot to anything. I have a pretty high end laptop with a gig of ram and it does no good.

I like the rules functionality in Outlook and have been hesitant to switch to another solution because of my high reliance on Google desktop search that helps me find email’s amongst the thousands of email’s.

The memory footprint has grown considerably as well on the program and while the machine has 1 gig of ram I see Outlook taking up at a minimum of 160 megs of ram at all times.

While downgrading is the last resort does anyone have any tweaks to improve performance?

4 Comments

  1. From Mike McBride at 3:21 pm on September 12, 2007

    It is a resource hog, no question. On my laptop with 512MB of RAM I have to open it up and go get a snack. :)

    However, I’ve had relatively few problems with it running on a desktop with 2GB of RAM alongside Firefox, iTunes and other resource hogs. It does appear that the more memory you can get, the better.

    That being said, I don’t use it for an RSS reader, I shudder to think how slow that would be on the laptop.

  2. From Joel at 3:21 pm on September 12, 2007

    There’s an Outlook option to define ‘Send/Receive Groups’. Maybe you could use that to stagger checking mail vs. checking everything all at once…

  3. From Call Centers at 2:21 am on September 13, 2007

    I am agree with Todd, I have also experienced the same situation with MS-Office 2007, i have only able to explorer Excel and Outlook, Excel wasn’t hard to grab but Outlook is really killing, even if you need to wait for at least 10 seconds to open the mail (in preview mode), and difficult to configure. I had to waist my whole day to just install and uninstall it.

    Bill Gate, please look into this matter as every user of Office want the Speed and Optimized resource utilisation.

  4. From Chris Grey at 6:41 am on January 18, 2008

    I have been annoyed with Office 2007 for some time now. I have a high end laptop with 4Gb RAM and Outlook still brings my entire machine to a standstill when it decides to send/receive mail. I fail to see what it is doing that makes it so slow in comparison to Outlook 2003 which was reasonably fast. I also think that this problem is somehow linked to the Word/Excel problem of ‘cannot find file’ messages when trying to open documents from emails and/or the recent document list.

    Serious problems here and if I could find an application that handled POP3 mail with contacts and calendar I would have moved already (and I’ve been using Office for more years than I can remember).

    Hacked off.