Microsoft have just confirmed they plan on using the crippled Word rendering engine to display HTML emails in Outlook 2010 🙁

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This means for the next 5 years your email designs will need tables for layout, have no support for CSS like float and position and no background images. Not to mention the long list of bugs and quirks that break the simplest of layouts.

Outlook 2010 is still in beta and Microsoft have confirmed they want to hear your feedback on this decision. It’s time for the email marketing and design community to rally together and encourage Microsoft to embrace web standards before it’s too late.

As you know, Goldladder email campaigns test and provide display proof of all email clients, including Outlook. But why email designs should have to be crippled in this way just to accommodate outloook is just sad.

Visit and get those tweets out to the ‘softies!