Written: July 11, 2009

Outlook 2007 Email Limitations

This week I worked with a client to send out email messages with eROI and we were testing them in Outlook 2007. I discovered just how limited the HTML coverage is in Outlook 2007 and then finally found this wonderful reference for all of the limitations.

I was trying to add a table border using images, however this wasn’t supported in Outlook 2007.

We ended up going with a CSS border statement instead which was supported even though it didn’t look as cool as our images which used shading.

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Getting around email limits

My web hosting company is www.1and1.com and they have a policy of allowing only 99 emails to be sent at once. Today I wanted to send an email invitation to 200 photographers for a July 9th presentation on using social media.

How did I get around the stated limit of 99 emails?

I used Outlook 2007 and the mailmerge feature. In the body of my message I inserted the field for “Full Name”. This made each of my 200 email messages unique, not identical.

It turns out that my web host is really only counting identical email messages in their 99 limit. Hopefully this can help you send out email to larger lists, just customize each message. People often enjoy reading their own name in the first sentence of an email because it means that I probably know who they are.

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