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  • Blog Post: The Outlook Gadgets are here!!!

    I am excited to announce that the Outlook 2007 gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar have just been posted to the web! Check them out: · Outlook Upcoming Appointments – shows you your upcoming appointments. · Outlook Tasks – shows you your tasks and flagged mail all in one place, plus gives you...
  • Blog Post: Project Server Tasks in Outlook: Part 1

    The following is the first in a series of two posts from Jon Kaufthal, a program manager from the Project team. - Melissa Hi Outlook task fans--I’m excited to introduce you to Project Server’s integration with Outlook. Tasks are a big part of the Project/Project Server experience, and our integration...
  • Blog Post: Project Server Tasks in Outlook: Part 2

    The following is the second in a series of two posts from Jon Kaufthal, a program manager from the Project team. Click here to see the first post. - Melissa For those of you new to Project and Project Server, see my first post before reading on. What follows is what tasks from Project Web Access...
  • Blog Post: Make that PST show up on the To-Do Bar

    Do you have a pst or an archive that has tasks and flagged mail it, but the tasks and flagged mail don’t show up on the To-Do Bar? Here’s how you can make it work! Right click on the name of your archive, (in the picture below, the archive is named “StuffForToDoBar”), and select ‘Properties for...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2007 and Getting Things Done

    Every now and then someone asks about how to use Outlook 2007 with the Getting Things Done (GTD) / Take Back Your Life! methodology, which suggests heavy use of categories and tasks to manage your mail, tasks, and life. Here are some tips for getting started with Getting Things Done in Outlook 2007:...
  • Blog Post: By Popular Demand

    From Hank Leukart: Working at Microsoft is the most fun when we get to fulfill customers’ dreams – or at least their software needs. Sometimes, we hear a feature request so often from so many different customers that it becomes clear that it’s a feature we need to deliver. Nevertheless, some customers...
  • Blog Post: How I work with Outlook 12

    Now that Beta2 is out, it seems like high time I explain how I use the new time management system in Outlook to manage my tasks and e-mail. There are many ways of managing one’s time, and what follows is just my approach. Fortunately, the new system is pretty flexible – though I will admit that I use...
  • Blog Post: Addendum to How to show tasks from some folders and not others in the To-Do Bar - a how-to guide

    Andrew Coates was kind enough to point out that there is another way to hide a folder that is much, much simpler. Thanks Andrew! If you have one particular folder that you want to hide, for example, a task folder of Christmas presents for your family (not exactly tasks, but tasks are a convenient...
  • Blog Post: How to show tasks from some folders and not others in the To-Do Bar - a how-to guide

    Recently, I received the following e-mail and I thought I would post my response: Hi Melissa, Since you’re so active on bloggin on Outlook I was wondering if you can help me solve this question. I have about 35 task folders in Outlook and by default this great new feature To-Do Bar scans...
  • Blog Post: The electronic time management revolution will not be televised

    Here is a post from Hank Leukart about the Outlook 12 Calendar. -Melissa Over the past 15 years, paper-based communication has been replaced by electronic communication: quick chats have become instant messages, letters and memos have become e-mail, and reports have become electronic documents...
  • Blog Post: Make that mail an appointment

    How often have you received an e-mail that is about something you want to put on your calendar? For example, I received an e-mail about a presentation about Office Live. I am interested in learning more about Office Live, so I want to go. What to do? In Outlook 2003 and earlier, I could drag the mail...
  • Blog Post: Andrew Ash on SharePoint Tasks

    The following is from guest blogger Andrew Ash. Enjoy! -Melissa Hi! My name is Andrew Ash and I am a Program Manager on the Outlook team. I am working on connecting five of the most popular types of SharePoint Lists to Outlook 2007: Calendars, Contact Lists, Tasks, Discussion Boards, and...
  • Blog Post: Tips for the Outlook Tasks Module

    Below are some tips for the Tasks Module (most are oldies (will work in most versions) but goodies): 1. Outlook 12: See the thread of a conversation of a flagged mail in the Tasks Module : Here ’ s the scenario: You flagged a mail message, and now you want to see the full thread to see if there has...
  • Blog Post: The Tasks Module

    Click on Tasks in the Navigation Pane to get to the Tasks Module Outlook's Tasks Module is the place to experience the full richness of Outlook's time management system. Like the To-Do Bar and the Daily Task List, the Tasks Module shows flagged mail and contacts, along with all of their tasks from...
  • Blog Post: Hank Leukart on Color Categories

    The following is from guest blogger and fellow PM, Hank Leukart. Enjoy! -Melissa Greetings! My name is Hank Leukart, and I am a Program Manager for Microsoft Office Outlook. I have worked on Outlook 2001 for Mac, Outlook 2002 (XP), Outlook 2003, and Outlook 12; I’ve been involved in designing ...
  • Blog Post: Send and Track

    How often have you sent an e-mail to someone and thought to yourself “ I better follow up with them in a few days to make sure that they do X ” or thought “ I just made a promise to do some work, I better remind myself to do it. ” Well now you can do just that! No more cc ’ ing yourself so that you can...
  • Blog Post: The Daily Task List: Tasks on the Calendar

    Part of efficient time management is making time for one’s tasks. To help our customers get an accurate view of their time commitments, we have added the Daily Task List in the Calendar. Outlook 12 Calendar The Daily Task List sits below the main calendar surface and shows tasks arranged by start...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the To-Do Bar

    To help people get a handle on their time and tasks, we are introducing the To-Do Bar into Outlook. Outlook 12 Instead of looking at scraps of paper, notepads, planners, and the Outlook Inbox, you can see everything you need to do simply by looking at the To-Do Bar. The To-Do Bar shows a Date Navigator...
  • Blog Post: Defer It

    A big part of the flagging in Outlook 12 is about forcing the question: When am I going to deal with this? This question is forced when right clicking on the flag column in mail and getting the following menu. Outlook 12 Flag Menu Making a selection here marks the mail with a start date and due...
  • Blog Post: A word about Color Categories and Outlook 2003 Quick Flags

    I already posted this to the Beta1 newsgroup, but it seems appropriate to post here as well. While people liked colored flags in Outlook 2003, for many, over time, the meaning of the colored flag was lost ("was green Carson Project or Drew Project?") Not surprisingly, we heard a lot of complaints...
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