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04 October 2010 @ 07:28 pm
AKICILJ/DW: Microsoft Outlook "offline address books"  
It just took Microsoft Outlook the better part of two hours to shut down; it said it was decompressing offline address books.

Does anyone know what causes this, and whether it's safe to cancel the process?

I use Office 2003 on Windows XP. (I will eventually screw up my courage and upgrade to Windows 7 and Office 2010 "for the better SharePoint integration", but that's not something I'm really looking forward to, even though I have a new laptop on which to do so.)

Possibly related: This morning before work, I did use the Web Access to the Exchange server, but on the other hand, I'm pretty sure I shut down Outlook before I went to lunch. Is that likely to be related?

Also, please note: I am required by my employer to use MS Office. Suggestions involving using different software will be relatively unhelpful.
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on October 5th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
I have to use MS Outlook for my official business e-mail too. We've seen cases of Outlook taking a very long time to close when you have attachments on your calendar associated with open-ended meetings (ones that meet every week without end, or every two weeks without end, etc...). I can only suggest you check to see if you have something like that.

Decompressing offline address books is a new one to me. However, I note that google shows a lot of people have had problems with it. So you might read some of that.