At last count I have at least 12 separate contact lists. There is one list each for Outlook, AIM, MSN Messenger, private Exchange IM, Orkut, Hotmail, MSN Groups, GotDotNet Workspaces, my blogroll, Outlook Express, my banks billpay services, and even my Xbox Live friends list!!!
If you are anything like me you know that there is a LOT of overlap between these lists. Meaning I had to enter a lot of duplicate information to link to and describe the same people over and over again. I have to open several different programs to send and receive information from all off these people. Each person is described differently within each service. For some people I have to remember their alias on at least 5 different services because they couldn’t get their preferred aliases with each service. I feel like I need a secretary just to keep all this information correct across services.
Give me one list to rule them all! Let me manage only one list. I don’t care who enables this. It could be longhorn with WinFS, it could be the Outlook team, or it could be some third party application. If you are able to make a good portion of the following scenarios a reality I’m wiling to pay good money for your software:
Am I missing something? Is there software that does this already? What is your dream application that’s MIA?