It’s no secret that I’ve had recurring issues using IMAP with Outlook 2007. I would be ready to abandon Outlook entirely but I’ve fallen madly in love with Xobni.
Every few months I try Thunderbird or Outlook Express or Windows Mail. Today I even tried something called Barca. They are all fine but after my most recent fling with Thunderbird, I realize I’m not prepared to give up Xobni. So in a fit of desperation I disabled everything in the Outlook Trust Center except Xobni and Plaxo:
That’s right, I even disabled the Windows Search Email Indexer. You really don’t need it if you’re using Xobni. I also have Skype integration disabled (in the Skype View menu, uncheck “Show Outlook Contacts”).
Furthermore, I adjusted my Send/Receive group to the download complete items including attachments for subscribed folders:
Something I did worked. Outlook now starts faster, and more importantly I have access to my inbox much sooner. And most importantly, Outlook is responsive while retrieving mail (especially during the initial Send/Receive at startup).
YMMV. If you are dissatisfied with the performance of Outlook 2007 with IMAP accounts, please try this out and let me know how it works for you.