It seems animated GIF’s are making a comeback on the web. And it seems that Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013 do not want to run the image. All you see is the first frame. What to do? Two workarounds for this.
The first workaround is fairly simple. Most people have a Gmail account these days. It is a simple task to go into GMail and create a separate POP3 account to check mail from most any other email account you have. Why do this? Well, if you are on a mobile device, you can check all your different email accounts from one app. And, if you are at someone else’s computer, you can simply log in to your non GMail account and check email. Plus you can set it up to leave your email on the server, so when you get back to Outlook, your email is still there. Likewise, you can add your Gmail account to your Outlook program to check it from your computer.
The other workaround is to go in each time you get an email that contains a GIF that may or may not be animated, and view it in a browser. The steps to do this are located in the article I have pressed.
If it’s me, I just set up the POP3 in Gmail and let it rock, since I am always checking multiple accounts, and do NOT want to have multiple email apps on my devices.
So that’s the way it stacks up with animated GIFs and Microsoft Outlook. Oh by the way, animated GIF’s work fine in Microsoft’s Windows Live Mail program. Go figure.