Outlook 07/10 HTML Email Rending Problem

So it’s getting around the Web quite a bit lately that Outlook 2007 and 2010 no longer render HTML emails properly. Outlook 07 LogoThe biggest issue relates to background images. At MAF (www.maf.org) where I work, I create the marketing emails that go out. I only realized this issue about a month ago because I was using Microsoft Entourage 2004 (Outlook for Mac) and it works fine. I have since installed Outlook ’07 for testing purposes and have had a major headache getting it to render the emails properly.

As I usually do, I asked Google to help me solve the problem and I eventually found this post by Brian Thies on the Campaign Monitor forum: http://www.campaignmonitor.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=3862. I tried his suggestion and it worked great!

Since I found something that might be useful for someone else, I wanted to post the link here, just in case it could help someone else.

2 thoughts on “Outlook 07/10 HTML Email Rending Problem

  1. Strange, but my html email looking fine in all mail clients like Foxmail,Thebat also in outlook express what come with windows xp standard programs. I m just wondering why design broken in Office Outlook? Spent a lot of time for creating good html newsletter for site www

    1. Hey purbsembcrooner.science, to be honest, I have no idea why Outlook renders HTML email so differently. I suspect that since both Windows and Outlook are created by Microsoft, Outlook somehow connects with the inter-workings of the Windows OS and it would therefore be a security risk to allow certain HTML elements to be handled within the program. It doesn’t really make sense, though, because if Internet Explorer renders it a certain way and IE is also a Windows product, why can’t Outlook just use the IE rendering engine for HTML emails? It’s a mystery to me, sir.

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