As was previously established, I became the reason the IT department sent out a company-wide email telling people not to upgrade to OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) when I discovered that a side effect of that upgrade was an inability to launch Outlook 2011 for the desktop.
I've been working in Outlook's web-based interface for a week now -- something that, ironically -- has forced me away from email as a primary workspace, and I'm not going to lie, as soon I saw that a fix for my bug was available, I saved all my work, closed down all my other apps and began the install process.
Getting the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.5.6 update was six minutes' work. Two to download, two to point-and-click on the download for installation, then another two minutes to restart my computer. I doubt the restart was necessary, but I like a good clean slate for testing software upgrades and fixed.
So does it work? I'm happy to report that I'm back in my desktop client for the first time in a week. I am back in the land of mostly-effortless email management.
Of course, the lesson I took away from this was to always back up the really important email in the cloud somewhere and somehow. So that's next on my to-do list once I get back down to Inbox Zero.
How did your fix-it experience go? Dish in the comments below.