Product Type: Microsoft in Office Suites
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MS Office Home and Business 2010
Member Name: bettyboop2002
MS Office Home and Business 2010
Advantages: Easy to use, excellent for the workplace and at home
Microsoft Outlook is software used for managing information, many people use it only for emails but I like to be different and these days use it for everything except email. It has been around for many years and there are many versions of it available, these days Outlook is included in Microsoft Office packages and although there are slight changes in each updated version the main features remain the same. Lots of computers are sold with an Office package included, to buy it seperately you will be looking at around £80.
I've had outlook for many years and used to use it every day at work but only started using it at home a few weeks ago. I got fed up of notebooks, diaries and scraps of paper in my handbag, cupboards, drawers and every empty space and decided it was time to save some trees and use my laptop.
What can you do on Outlook?
Calendar - The first thing I did was ditch the diary and put all my entries into the Outlook Calendar. You can view the calendar by month, week and day which is useful as I can see what is coming up in the next month. The daily calendar has 30 minute time slots so it is very useful for work appointments, if you are using it in a work environment with networked computers, you can make your calendar public so colleagues can see when you are on holiday, in a meeting or out of the office.
Contacts - Another really useful thing for work and home. I've put all of my contacts here as I have seen so many friends phones mysteriously wiping all of their contacts recently and it is such a pain to get them back. For each contact you can add a name, job title, company, addresses (business and home), several phone numbers (mobile, business, home and fax), email addresses, web pages, birthdays and much more.
Tasks - A feature I am using this minute, to write this review. You will have a subject box for your task, you can add a due date, status (started, completed or waiting on someone else), a priority level, reminder and even how many hours of work are spent on each task. For the task you can share the tasks with your contacts if you are using it at work. They will be able to see what tasks are to do and their progress and if they are needed to help with the task. I only use this at home now so my tasks usually consist of phoning some utility company etc. I also use it to write draft reviews offline and I can then save them or copy and paste them when required. It's handy as sometimes I might have a couple of things to review but no time to write them so I just put a subject and write it later on.
Notes - Notes can be anything you liks, on the screen they look like a small yellow post it note. These are for brief notes as they are so smallbut useful all the same. I use my notes for short recipes so if ever my boyfriend gets the urge to bake some bread it doesn't take 20 phone calls he can just look at the note (still waiting for that one)!
On outlook you can also send SMS and Email with all the usual functions you would except such as the ability to add attachments and flag emails for attention.
Each morning when I open Outlook I have a home page called 'Outlook Today' which will show me any messages I have received, any items in my calendar this week and any tasks I have without me having to go into each category.
Outlook is a fantastic programme which is definitely aimed at workplace environments. For offices, it is making communication between colleagues so easy with the ability to share contacts, tasks and messages. It is so easy to navigate and figure out, there is plenty of help on it if you can't find what you are looking for and once you've used it a few times it is so simple to use. It isn't something I thought I would use a lot at home but it has made my life that bit more organised and got rid of some paper clutter! I use it every day and think it's excellent.
Summary: A must have for any office
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