Opinion Column: Outlook outdated

By Caitlin Soard

Caitlin.soard@franklincollege.edu

As a prospective student touring Franklin, I was under the impression that we are a very high-tech campus that is, as the kids say, up with the times.

We do have some decent tech—especially in the journalism school—but my first clue that parts of Franklin were still stuck in 2003 was when I signed up for my college email and saw we were going to be using Outlook.

I’m an Apple fan, I’ll admit it: I love them despite their flaws. Being such, all of my personal electronics are Apple (iPhone, MacBook, I may or may not have even jumped onto the watch bandwagon) and anyone who’s ever tried to mix a Microsoft program with a Mac knows what a train wreck that is.

To make matters worse, Outlook doesn’t work with Google Chrome very well. So, basically, the college email system is just a mess when I try to use it.

I get that most people don’t use Apple, it’s not really necessary for a lot of majors. However, most people use Chrome as their browser (and if you don’t—you should probably upgrade, it’ll change your life,) and using Outlook is just a terrible process with it.

Also, with all the problems the college has had this semester (I personally haven’t gotten several very important emails) it may be time to consider an alternative for a modern, civilized society.

Did I hear someone say Gmail?

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About Ashley Shuler 1253 Articles

Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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