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OUTLOOK 2010-2007 : WHY DO ANIMATED GIFS NO LONGER "MOVE" ?

I have inserted an "animated picture" (Gif for instance) into an Outlook message but nothing moves ...

Answer : it is normal ...

Here below an extract from one site where this is explained
(full article: http://www.email-marketing-reports.com/iland/2007/01/outlook-2007-and-html-email-design.html ) :

Previously, Outlook relied on the technology behind its sibling web browser (Internet Explorer) to interpret the underlying code and instructions that HTML emails use to tell Outlook where and how to display all those images, colors etc.

Outlook 2007-2010 now uses Word to do that job.

The big deal is that Word is not nearly as good as Internet Explorer at understanding HTML elements and style properties (CSS). Microsoft themselves published an article describing the various things that Outlook 2007 will not be able to cope with. These include : forms, background images, animated Gifs, Flash, Float or position commands ... .

One solution but users often ignore it :

Open the message
MESSAGE Tab – OTHER ACTIONS Button - VIEW IN BROWSER
The message is opened in Internet Explorer (locally) and the gif is animated

On the other hand, animated Gifs inserted into a 2007 message but read in Outlook Express, Outlook 2003 or even Lotus Notes .... are perfectly animated !

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