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Word 2003 Address Bug

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

It seems the boys* in Redmond are furthering their Borg reputation.

I’ve been wondering for a few weeks why  I can’t look up addresses from my Outlook contact list for printing envelopes since I upgraded to Office 2003.  Since I do my mailing early on Sunday mornings, I’m not as caffeinated as necessary for technical thinking, so I was shrugging it off to another of the many features meant to make customers miserable.

This morning I had just barely enough cognition to notice that when looking up addresses, it would only show email addresses. So I went to the address in Outlook I wanted to print and added an email address of microsoft@sucks.it to the person I wanted to send snail mail to. And, of course, it worked.

So, according to the Microsoft Office development team it appears that if you do not have an email address, you don’t exist.

*Yes, I know there are female MS employees, too, but referring to them would have killed the pun.