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You *can* download Lookout

As usual, the reason why MS bought LookOut is so they can include it with Outlook.

So, as far as theory goes, the answer is simply they wanted to provide a new feature for Outlook, and there was one available that had been battle tested. Rather simple answer here (and, even for MS, most of the time as to why they do things is rather simple..and not come conspiracy theory here).


Here is the download:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=09b835ee-16e5-4961-91b8-2200ba31ea37&displaylang=en


Albert D. Kallal
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
kallal@msn.com
http://www.attcanada.net/~kallal.msn

Albert D. Kallal
Friday, July 23, 2004

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=166612&ixReplies=7

someone beat ya to it
Friday, July 23, 2004

See the thread "joel: lookout is now available to download".

In any case, would you entertain the idea that Microsoft decided to make it available for download (in a remote corner of MSDN downloads) specifically because there was a lot of outrage about it? The fact that the Lookout page - you know the place you'd expect to be the be-all-and-end-all about this product - originally stated that the product was being withdrawn to be integrated (BS, but anyways) into some future version of MSN is rather telling.

Dennis Forbes
Friday, July 23, 2004

Actually, if you REALLY want my 2 cents on this one?

Well, it does require the clr, and simply giving away cool free software that REQURIES the CLR does kind of toot the horn about .net, and does “encourage” people to install the .net framework….



Albert D. Kallal
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
kallal@msn.com
http://www.attcanada.net/~kallal.msn

Albert D. Kallal
Friday, July 23, 2004

Darn it.  I just downloaded it and saw it was under a mb and thought wow, MS is getting it, then I read your post about requiring .net.

Formerly someone else
Friday, July 23, 2004

I saw the file from MS Download is 7k larger, than the one I downloaded a few days ago from the original download site. Did they change anything or is it just the digital signature they apparently added?

John K.
Friday, July 23, 2004

That link seems to be broken now, but you can now download it directly from http://www.lookoutsoft.com/

Catatonic
Friday, July 23, 2004

These guys have been doing this stuff since CP/M and Wordstar and by now have got the bugs out

http://www.isysusa.com/products/desktop/index.html

No, I don't work for them.

trollop
Saturday, July 24, 2004

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