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Ian Lynch wrote:
On 1 January 2011 18:43, Jonathan Aquilina <> wrote:

Whats really held OOo and will hold LO back is the lack of an equivalent
program such as outlook.

Why waste time and effort on this when there are other perfectly valid
alternatives? Evolution, Thunderbird for open source and Gmail on the web.
Web based mail is now mature and much easier to manage for anyone that moves
about. Gmail on an Android phone seems to me a far better solution than
being tied to the desktop. Effort going into new apps like a mail client
(even modifying and maintaining existing code) would be much better placed
in getting a mobile version of LO for smarphones or a web version. If not
the whole project could eventually become irrelevant.

There are one of three ways it can be done.
1) fork something like evolution which has all that done and integrate it
into the LO suite

2) or install software that already exists in the open source arena.

the problem with 2 is that it will greatly increase the download size,
would pose issues for people with slow bandwidth.
It seems to me that the only people who are concerned with having an equivalent of Outlook in their office suite are businesses, and businesses as a rule DO NOT have slow bandwidth connections, because they simply could not function with them. If you are concerned with download size as far as software packages aimed at businesses is concerned, then you are simply aiming at the WRONG audience.
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