Sometimes One Feature is Enough

I use a Mac and thus I use Office 2008. Office 2011 was recently released, with much fanfare, in part because Microsoft is replacing their Entourage calendar/email program with Outlook. I’m not an Outlook user, so this particular change doesn’t mean much to me.

However, I do use Entourage’s calendar function, because not only do I find the user interface more appealing than Apple’s iCal program, but Entourage has a really cool feature called “travel time.” By checking this box and entering a time amount, I can set an appointment AND add the travel time required for the appointment itself. Since I often have to travel to client’s offices, this feature is very useful to me, because it lets me set the actual time of the appointment PLUS block off the travel time required to get to the appointment. And visually it shows me the actual meeting time versus the actual out-of-office time. I find this incredibly useful.

So naturally, with the change to Outlook in Office 2011, Microsoft has eliminated this feature. As a result, I won’t be upgrading to Office 2011 until Office 2008 is no longer supported.

Yes, this one single feature is enough to make me wait, since none of the new features in Office 2011 outweigh the benefits of this one feature in Entourage.

How about you? Is there any software that you use now that you’ve refused to upgrade, because you felt like the upgrade was going to be a step back?

About Wes Trochlil

For a quarter century, Wes has worked in and with dozens of associations and membership organizations throughout the US, ranging in size from zero staff (all-volunteer) to over 700. In that time Wes has provided a range of consulting services, from general consulting on data management issues to full-scale, association-wide selection and implementation of association management systems.

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