I just received an email from the Email Standards Project saying that Outlook 2010 will also be using Word to render emails. I've copied the email below:
Microsoft have just confirmed they plan on using the crippled Word rendering engine to display HTML emails in Outlook 2010.
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.
What's the best way to do that? Twitter of course.
Visit fixoutlook.org to see how you can help and what the community is saying right now.
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