We’ve covered the demise of Lookout a couple of times on this blog. It’s not new, but there are still quite a few people out there that are patching it to search with Outlook 2010.
There is obviously still a lot of interest and need for Outlook search. Let’s face it, the amount of Outlook email exchanged each day has never shown signs of reducing and will probably continue to rise well into the future. That’s why a good Outlook search solution is essential.
Lookout for Outlook 2010
Here is my caveat: If you are interested in searching Outlook, I would recommend, of course, Lookeen. That being said, if you are absolutely in love with Lookout, you can still find a Lookout download at Major geeks. You’ll have to do some work to get it to work with Outlook 2010, but it can be done. I won’t explain here but the very technically minded can check out “How To: Lookout for Outlook 2010”.
I’ll be the first to admit that Lookout was a great tool, but when they pulled the plug on it in 2007 it stopped being updated. There are a few things that concern me when kludging together a work-around on old software.
- Will it work and is it reversible if it doesn’t?
- From a security standpoint, is my data safe?
- Since there is no support, what happens when something goes wrong?
- What are the alternatives available?
From the above criteria I can answer in the following way: It is probably reversible, which is a good thing because using a cobbled-together solution is probably not secure. If something goes wrong, I’m on my own and have to trust the advice of the internet. There are a ton of alternatives today that weren’t around in 2007. Products that are still actively developed and supported are naturally far more secure and take advantage of more modern technology.
A quick glance at Lookeen’s Outlook 2010 search capabilities will show that it far exceeds Lookout’s:
- Lookeen offers a preview of emails and attachments in Outlook 2010 search results
- Search as you Type
- Searches by subject, name, content of emails and more
- Advanced filters, Boolean searches and much more
In conclusion, it’s my opinion that even though Lookout was a much loved tool, it’s far safer and smarter to use one of its modern successors. Lookout has been gone for 9 years now. Maybe it’s time to leave Lookout in peace.