Another Vista and Outlook 2007 annoyance – dialing options
Posted by shannonclark on April 7, 2007
I just started entering data into my brand new installation of Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager.
On the very first business contact, however, I have encountered a pretty obnoxious bit of assumptions by Microsoft.
Specifically after I entered a phone number into the new contact record, a dialog popped up called “Location Information”.
In this dialog Outlook is asking that I enter what country I am in, what my area or city code is, what carrier code I would need, and what number I would need to dial an outside number. I.E. the assumption here is that I would, of course, have this machine connected to a phone line and somehow want it to be dialing phone numbers for me.
Now, if this was possible to configure to use Skype, I might, in fact, think about doing that (some of the time).
But I am almost always mobile with this machine (it is a tablet PC after all, I bought it for use on the road).
I will probably NEVER use this machine, at least via Outlook, to initialize a call. Wouldn’t even think about it in fact.
But apparently if I do not enter this data, I can not continue. For if I close this dialog without putting in my area code, an error message pops up and I am returned to the dialog box. If I close it entirely, another message pops up which says:
Windows needs telephone information about the location from which you will be dialing. If you cancel without providing this information, this program may not function correctly when dialing. In addition, some applications respond to your canceling this dialog box by immediately re-posting it.
Are you sure you want to cancel?
When/where did I indicate that I would want my tablet dialing out? From this message it appears to be baked into Vista, not just Office 2007 (or else it is a case of really poor error messages – “some applications” in place of the actual application generating this message.
I don’t know what I can do to get past this. I really don’t want my laptop thinking it will be dialing phones. All I want to do is enter data, lots of it, as fast as possible.
I literally have a stack of about 1000 business cards which I want to sort and enter this weekend. The contacts I have made in the past year, most of whom I want to follow up with, and most of whom I have neglected to enter fully into my address lists.
Is it so hard for Microsoft to imagine that a user of a computer, even a business user, might not, in these days of pervasive, high speed wifi, want that laptop using a modem or making phone calls over a POTS line? (which if I didn’t have to have currently to get DSL service I would gladly do without?)