Outlook 2013 Drops Importing/Exporting of '.xls/.doc', Classic Offline, PubCal and More Features

Microsoft's Outloook team shared a number of features and components that are being removed from Outlook 2013 including: "dropping support for importing and exporting of Excel 97-2003 (.xls) and Word 97-2003 (.doc) file formats."Microsoft mentions that while Outlook has always supported importing and exporting data to/from many file formats, some are outdated and need to […]

Microsoft's Outloook team shared a number of features and components that are being removed from Outlook 2013 including: "dropping support for importing and exporting of Excel 97-2003 (.xls) and Word 97-2003 (.doc) file formats."

Microsoft mentions that while Outlook has always supported importing and exporting data to/from many file formats, some are outdated and need to be removed. Microsoft mentions that Outlook 2013 will continue to support .csv and .pst, but no longer will support .doc and .xls, as well as Outlook Express archives and ACT! Contact manager files.

Microsoft drops legacy features in Outlook 2013

This list includes:

  • ACT! Contact manager files
  • Word 97-2003 (.doc)
  • Excel 97-2003 (.xls)
  • Outlook Express archives

Other features dropped include:

  • Exchange "Classic Offline" Mode. Users will be upgraded to Cached Mode when they install Outlook 2013.
  • "Deliver to PST" for Exchange accounts. Users in this configuration will be upgraded to Cached Mode (with an .OST file) when they install 2013.
  • Calendar Publishing to Office.com (PubCal). Users will no longer be able to publish calendars publicly to Office.com using Outlook 2013, and the Office.com calendar sharing service will be shutting down for older versions of Outlook as well.
  • VPN and Dialup Settings. Previously located on the Send/Receive tab in Outlook 2010. "Afected users are encouraged to set these options system wide in the Windows Control Panel," Microsoft said.
  • Outlook search for mail and calendar items via Windows Explorer (or via the start menu). Users can still utilize all of Outlook's search functionality from within the app itself.
  • Journaling as a top-level module no longer exists in Outlook 2013. Journal entries can still be accessed via the Journal folder in the Folder List module. Also, the ability to 'auto-journal' your Outlook actions is gone in 2013.
  • Legacy Contact Linking/Activities Tab. Previously provided a way to "link" contacts with other Outlook items, and have them all roll-up in the Activities Tab. The Outlook Social Connector (introduced in Outlook 2010) replaces much of this functionality in a faster, more user friendly fashion.

Update: Microsoft released a video showing off three commonly-used hotkeys available in Excel 2013.

"Undo" and "Redo," two of the most popular keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft products, now also now helps you to jump to any cell in a spreadsheet, the "Go To" option, for example, also allows you to quickly switch to comments, blanks, objects and formulas.