Yes and no. I totally understand your frustrations but adding the availablity to unblock those types of attachments can potentially lead to problems. If the layman came across a way to allow those attachments and then receives a virus, he / she would be very upset.
Or if someone who was in a hurry did not bother to look at the attachment and decided to click on an attachment. I do wished MS would have added Email ZIP attachment to their drop down. They had to take the create to PDF and make it an add-in because of the legal issues.
Maybe in the next version they will allow EXE files. It seems they are just trying to protect some people out there.
umm as far as I know (and I support Outlook for end users) there is a way to unblock .exe
Yes it does block them by default but even MS would'nt impede on its users so much as to 'force' block attachments like that.
I get exe attachents all the time because I changed the blocking preferences.
Like I said - totally configurable.
Lol - there's even a message on how to do it the first time you get an attachment.
Imagine that - a message on the screen - what a novelty.
What version of Outlook are you using? I'm assuming it's 2003, if so let me know and I'll look up an answer for you.
That is a bit crazy.. I don't update my software at all, I'm still on XP SP1 (i love it) and my version of Outlook is Outlook 2002..
I'm glad I chose not to go with Outlook 2003, because I send many exes back and forth. I hope you find a quick resolution, because without being able to recieve exes it would take me more time to do daily tasks.
Georgecooldude - While this features should be turned off by default I think that there should be a way to turn in back on. What do you think?
Corey Bryant - Perhaps Microsoft should allow you to change what files are blocked by default in the 'Advanced' features. I have not seen many lay people go into the advanced features. That may be a way to protect lay people while giving advanced users the functionality they need.
TubuNet - This is not configurable, at least not without a third party hack. Check out the article.
ub3r - I definitely agree that this should be configurable
Tailseh - That may be the solution for now but what happens when 2002 becomes obsolete? like Windows 3.1 did.
Well looking at the link it seemed not to work so here it is again - just different Unblocking Attachments. Plus it also says
(Substitute the appropriate version numbers for your installation, 12 is 2007, 11 is 2003, etc.)
so I am guessing it will work.
I am on Exchange so I cannot really test it but it might be an idea.
Maybe in their next version they will? Afterall, they listened to developers and created Expression Web. Software companies do listen from to time to - another example is ACDSee. When 8.0 was released they had that call home feature. Users hated it and a lot did not use it / upgrade. So 9.0 came out and it is no longer calling home.