Add Quicklook support to Entourage.

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For some reason I thought that this would have been included in Entourage 2008 but I could not find it. Almost all well-developed OSX apps support QL in one form or another and Apple's Mail uses it to quicklook attachments in emails. Should be standard.
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Nadyne Richmond

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Thanks for the suggestion.

We specifically decided not to add it to Entourage 2008 because it's a Leopard-only technology. Since Entourage 2008 works on both Tiger and Leopard, we didn't want to code two different methods for the same functionality. It causes a lot of confusion when one user sees one thing when their friend sees something totally different in the same app.

In the future, the best way to submit suggestions for Entourage is to go into Entourage, select the Help menu, and then click on "Send Feedback about Entourage". That way, your suggestions get logged directly with us.
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* interesting reason nadyne. i didn't think that would be an impediment since i thought the OS would simply not 'offer' the QL option to the user but that it would not otherwise hinder apps that offered it. then again, i am not a system designer.

* submitting suggestions on GS is more fun than the 'send feedback' link in the app. why? i thought about that and its because users get to have a dynamic exchange with outgoing people like you rather than throw it down the black hole with no *tracking* ability. i think that companies will eventually realize this one way or another.

thanks!
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The technology isn't blocking us. We want the user experience to be consistent for users using the same app, even if they're using it on two different versions of the same operating experience. Since we support Tiger, we make sure that Tiger users see the same thing that Leopard users do. That means that we don't build-in support for any Leopard-only technologies at this point.

If you're not following our blogs, you might want to do so -- it's another opportunity to interact with us. The team blog is at:
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A few team members also have blogs. Mine is at:
http://blogs.msdn.com/nadyne/
and I link to the other bloggers in the group.
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and therein lies a key difference between MS and Apple software design philosophies. im not taking sides but i can see the pros and cons of each and i vote on the side of progress and quick,productive iterations :)
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As a software developer myself, I can understand the conundrum. However, if you're using a different OS, you're expecting different functionality across the board, at least on the Apple side of things. Is there ANY planned addition of Leopard-only tools? If not, at least Snow Leopard will be out soon and allow us to go back to a native app.
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i just installed snow leopard today and can say that it safely looks set to displace entourage for all intents and purposes. in know the Mac BU people were under-resourced and i know they care about the mac but the economics of microsoft dictated the outcome.

maybe one day down the line entourage can turn into something worth looking at.
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I can't talk about future plans right now, although you'll see more from us about our future plans in the coming months. The blogs that I posted links to above will have details when we've got them to share.

For now, suffice it to say that it's our goal to be a good Mac citizen, which means supporting OS technologies that make sense for our applications and our users. Quicklook is obviously something that we're well aware of, as are the upcoming improvements and new technologies offered to us by Snow Leopard.