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Outlook is just bloatware
Well, I don't use Outlook 2007 with Exchange, only POP3, but it has always been slow and as for Outlook 2010 I refuse to update 2007 users. The Outlook 2010 install time gives a clue to the degree of bloat. I've got a Win 7 i7 PC with 8GB which is not the slowest PC on the block. I've tried virtually all the tricks listed and they make little difference. Of course I keep Windows up to date and none of the MS updates over the last 2 years has made the slightest difference. Yes I compact the PST file quite often and try to keep it below 2GB and I use Scanpst every so often as the file does corrupt easily and this does slow things a bit. I keep an eye on add-ins. The bottom line is Outlook is severely bloated with suspect software architecture and in my opinion there is virtually nothing the user can do to make it run sensibly fast. Each version of Outlook since 2003 has run more slowly than the last so the 'Outlook' is bleak!