So my boss wants me to use Outlook as my email client. His main reason is because he wants to standardize, which I can understand. Another reason he pointed out that he wants me to use Outlook is because I didn't receive an email from him. However, I didn't receive the email because our email server was spotty today. It crashed and emails slowly began trickling in after it came back online. That's the real reason I didn't receive it, but due to his hatred of all things non-Microsoft, he blames it on my email client.
I do use Outlook, but only when I'm in a virtual machine (my main OS is Linux). If I were to use Outlook, I would need to keep the virtual machine open 100% of the time so I don't miss emails. On my current system that's not realistic. It doesn't have the RAM or CPU to handle a virtual machine all the time. I usually only open the virtual machine for a couple hours at a time for specific stuff.
Would it be acceptable to tell him I need a new computer to keep my virtual machine open 100% of the time? I'm afraid that he will force me to switch to Windows as my main OS. He dislikes Linux, but a lot of our projects use it in embedded applications. I'm also just much more proficient with it than Windows.