Microsoft Outlook is another program by Microsoft that is widely used. It has every thing that one needs to organize himself. Before using this i was a mess. You don't have to keep track of your address book, Journal entries, Inbox, Calender, and your tasks on different places. You can manage them in one place and that is Microsoft Outlook. At first it is a little difficult to configure Micrrosoft Outlook for sending and receiving emails but the cool thing about Microsoft products is their Help feature. You can find help on almost every thing. I lerned to use almost every microsoft product ( Word, Excel, Frontpage, and Power Point) using the help feature. It also serves you as a browser. If you look for a moment,you will come to know that if you get this one product you get rid of many. In its contact tab you can save detailed information about a person. In tasks you can set your upcoming tasks. Inbox and Outbox keep track of your emails and in drafts you can save emails as drafts. It also has a calender and notes option. In notes you can write down notes. It is just like Notepad(window program). It is a very cool thing you will love it when you will use it. I suggest that you should give it a try.
Rather than just do a straightforward review of a each item, I?ll do a head-to-head look at the two main email clients from Microsoft. In the red corner we have MS Outlook, the corporate groupware/email client associated with the MS Office camp. This is the ?full strength? product aimed squarely at corporate users. Featuring email, appointment scheduling, shared server folders, tasks and contact management this is no thin application, and retails as standalone software at a getting on for £100. Outlook can function as a client for MS Exchange server whilst Express cannot. In the blue corner we have the young pretender ? Outlook Express. Often touted as a ?cut down? version of Outlook (which is actually rather misleading), it handles email, news and basic contact management. Outlook Express is free and is installed with Internet Explorer, with which it forms a stable-mate. Most people will be using both applications principally for their email facilities, and here, despite being the poor relative, Express arguably comes out on top (just). This is due to Outlook Express's ability to import web pages as HTML email - something which I've yet to get Outlook to do. That said, both applications are competent and efficient email clients that rarely crash. For access to newsgroups, Outlook Express is the only option since Outlook does not include a newsgroup reader (again, disappointing given its cost, but probably not essential with its target audience). The newsgroup reader in Express is competent and will suffice for 95% of people but if you?re an addict you could probably find better dedicated clients. Contact management is at the heart of email clients, and both sport some form of management. Express uses the Windows contact management system, the Windows Address Book ? a less than inspiring piece of software that feels somewhat dated, but nevertheless gets the job done for basic storing of contacts. Outlook is street
Microsoft Outlook isn't just an e-mail client. While many people use it for just that, it has a wide range of other functions and utilities. And for once, I have to say Microsoft have done a decent job of something. Despite continually using Microsoft products, I am continually finding myself muttering about how useless they are, but so far not once have I had cause to do this with Outlook. The first and most prominent use of Outlook is as an e-mail client, especially seeing as Microsoft also sell Outlook Express, or rather give it away, which is a stripped down version of Outlook that functions as just an e-mail and newsgroup reader. The e-mail facility of Outlook is pretty decent. It gives you all the function you would expect, and a few more just in case. It has the usual folders for your Inbox, Outbox, sent e-mail and your draft e-mails. You can also create folders, and of course folders within other folders, so that you can organise all the e-mail that you've received. It does nothing particularly special, but it is pretty good. It will inform you when new mail arrives, by popping up a little window, or playing a sound. But, we all know how e-mail works, and like I said, while I think Outlook does it well, it doesn't do anything special. So what else does it do? Well, my other main use for it as an organiser. It has a very nice Calendar system built into it. You can view all the months for the year down the right hand side of the screen, and in the centre you can choose to view a single day or several days (you choose how many, up to a maximum of 6 weeks on the one screen). Obviously, the more days you show, the less detailed they become. While looking at individual days, the day is split up into half hour time slots. Adding an event to the Calendar is pretty straightforward. Clicking on 'New' brings up a screen where you can edit your new event. You an say what it is, where it is, how long it lasts, when to remind you, add
notes to it, and select whether you are actually busy or not. Very handy for noting yours days off. The reminder facility is great, as you get a very nice little message pop up at the time you set reminding you of the event you've added. I use it a lot for various things, such as reminding me to do my timesheet on the last day of the month. Next up, Outlook provides you with a Contacts list. OK, so it's an address book for you to store your friends e-mail addresses, but it also stores a fair bit besides. You can store names, nicknames, e-mail addresses, postal addresses (work, home, and others), phone numbers, web addresses, job titles, fax numbers, and make countless notes about the person, and more. I don't use half of the functions of the contacts list, but gradually I'm using them more and more and finding them very handy. It organises your contacts alphabetically, and you can either select them from the Contacts page in Outlook, or just select their name while writing an e-mail by clicking on a button next to the 'To' or 'CC' fields. OK, still sounding good? Well, there is more. Outlook also provides a Task List. Adding a task is similar to adding an event into the Calendar. You select 'New' and up pops another window. You can enter a brief description to be shown in the list, the date its due by, and the date it should start on. You can also make notes about your new task, and set a reminder when you should be nearly finished. You can also flag its priority, and while in progress, you can set how far you have got through it by changing the percentage complete field. There is also a field to mark whether it's not started, in progress, finished, or waiting on someone else. All very handy especially when working on several projects or jobs at once as I often find myself doing. You don't have to use all of its features, and instead you can choose simply to create a task with a description, and once
you've finished, tick it off the list. There is also a notes page. Personally I find a bit pointless, but if you're the sort of person who has 101 post-it notes scattered around your monitor, then you'll probably find these notes quite handy. They are little yellow post-its for your PC, and sit under a nice little 'Notes' item on the Outlook menu bar. Again, clicking 'New' will bring up a little yellow window which you type a little note onto. Very simple, fairly effective, and to some probably quite useful. The final feature is the Journal. Again, I don't actually use this, but essentially what it does is track your work in Outlook. It records details of e-mails sent and received, and interacts with your Calendar I believe. Don't quote me on that, like I said, I don't use the thing, and in all honesty, I doubt many people would, as it seems pretty pointless to me. Outlook can also function as a web browser, though admittedly not a great one. Simply by selecting an item from the favourites menu (which has the same contents as your favourites menu in Internet Explorer) will bring up that web page in the space where your e-mails and Inbox would normally appear. You've then got an address bar that you can type an address into, hit enter and up pops that web site. Simple. You get the usual stop, refresh, back and forward buttons, but to be quite honest, not a lot else. It does the job but it certainly isn't recommended as a long-term web viewing solution, but handy if your company doesn't give you access to a web browser (though I don't think many have a choice these days with it being built in to Windows). So, all-in-all Outlook is fairly feature packed for what at first appears to be an e-mail reader. Unfortunately, it can't read newsgroups so if you make use of these you will almost certainly want Outlook Express installed, which offers, as far as I know at least, none of
the extra features of Outlook. Other than, I think Outlook is great. It seems pretty reliable, and has a host of extra features that in general are very useful. Its unlikely you'll want to purchase it separately, but is a very nice addition to the MS Office suite of applications.
I've made some use of Outlook 2000 at a previous job, but was not particularly disappointed to leave it behind. It's not that it is a completely hopeless program, but that it tries to do so many things and even as a self-confessed 'power user' I felt I was only scratching the surface. I quite liked the interface in general - having come to it from Outlook 97 it was quite simple to pick up the basics. However, looking back, nothing stands out about any of the Outlook products I've used that makes me desparate to return to them. Also, there were many things I was not so keen on. For example, it took a bit of playing around to convince it to send messages as plain text rather than as RTF or HTML. I can't remember if I ever managed to stop it displaying incoming messages with all the formatting - and thus all the potential for embedded viruses. That's the rub for me. Outlook is very powerful but notoriously open to attack by email viruses and it's roots run far too deeply into the system. My preference is to use a dedicated email program and let other systems take care of work such as scheduling etc. For business users I could see that it might have some bonuses - with a sufficiently skilled network admininstrator in place - but for personal use I'm more than happy to stick with Pegasus mail (freeware) than shell out money to let Microsoft open up my machine to all and sundry.
"With Web based email being such a hit, its suprising there is such a market for desktop applications such as this." Was a quote I hear recently. What we must remember is that not everyone with Email access has Internet access so there will always be a market. That is where applications such as Outlook come into their own. In fact, Im sure they were around long before Web Based E mail existed. Outlook, to me, is the best email package on the market. I havbe used a couple of others such as CC mail and Groupwise but this is by far the best. Its the most user friendly of the 3 too. It has a very simple interface to look at. Everything is nicely laid out in folders and it has the familiar Microsoft toolbars. Being a microsoft programme, you can rest assure that it is fully integrated with the normal Office based applications such as Word, Excel and Access. It also has support for viewing pictures and many other types of attachment too. At home, it can be set up as your main email app for most ISP's. In fact, some offer the software for Outlook on their Free CD's. Installation is very simple. Its just a self extracting app. Shortcuts are placed on the desktop. I use Freeserve and BTClick at home and they both support Outlook. In fact, I have both of my mailboxes configured to deliver to one application, Outlook. Its something I have used for a long time and will continue to do so.
Up until six months ago, I used outlook just to check my mail, since then I have looked into outlook in detail, as I wanted to use forms for a call logging system. I designed some forms and got the data to be inputted into an access database. If you don't know anything about programming then it will be hard for you to design these as there are features to design macros which you use a programming language to design these. Also I have looked into extra features for outlook which you can download, these are a multi calendar view which lets you see six peoples calendars at once, Team folders, this is like a project where you can add new folders and put information in there so your whole team can see it and you can also download form templates of the Microsoft site. I think the forms are very useful for a company system, and are very interesting to create them.
The HP OfficeJet G55 is very good value for money (Buy.com sells it for just £264). It can scan, print and photocopy. It scans very fast and is dead simple to use, as well as being remarkably quiet. When used to copy photographs on ?normal? or ?best? quality on to photographic paper, you honesty can?t tell which is the real photo (bear in mind that it can take up to 5 minutes to print in best mode). Everything is scanned accurately, with full marks for colour fidelity. It is also a very good laser jet photocopier which can act just like a photocopier but unlike the bulky machines in office corners, can copy in colour ? which it does very well. It prints colour beautifully but isn?t quite as hot for text. It can be used with or without a computer and is suitable in an office as it is capable of being shared by several PCs in a network. All in all, it?s a scanner and printer in one. It?s superb print quality makes it ideal for making instant colour copies for photographs. It?s compact and will save a lot of space. It amazing specs.: 600 x 3,600 dpi scan resolution 2,400 x 1,200 dpi colour print resolution Colour ink cartridges costs around £24 and lasts for over 200 pages.
Once again Microsoft have managed to shock the IT world with there stupidity. There are millions of users out there that take there outlook 2000 clients & Microsoft with a grain of salt. Perhaps this next little bit of information will show you the true horrors of the MS world and why so many hardcore IT Nutters hate Microsoft products. As most of you may know, Windows operating systems are extremly vulnerable to viruses, most commanly is the Outlook e.mail client series that fell to attacks from countless VBS (Visual Basic Script) Viruses. Love Bug for example. You see MS Office products allow for the automation of tasks to occur, so when you run the VBS virus is activated, you do not get prompted a notification. Microsofts supposidly great idea of automating everying allows for the virus to run like wild fire over your PC or LAN. So Microsoft nutted there heads together and decided it was time to come up with a way to prevent these viruses from causing such an effect again. So they came out with a security patch. What this patch does is. If you were to get a VBS virus in your e.mail and were to run it not knowing. Rather than everything being automated and the virus running away with your system, it brings up a dialog box to notify the user of what is happening. The user then has the option to click OK to agree with the actions. Or Cancel which will obviuosly cancel what is about to happen. So great thought microsoft and they put this patch out for public use, everyone was happy, Microsoft saved the day.. no more VBS viruses... Wrong.. Over the last week a professor with the US Airforce discovered that with a small amount of code added into the virus, You can automaticlly overwrite & hide the dialog box and the user never gets the option to stop it. The virus then takes off like wild fire once again. So once again I stress the point why release something if it is not 100% secure. I mean Microsoft
have the resources and staff to be able to develope and distribute decent software and reliable Security Patches. I would be interested to hear what other peoples thoughts are on this.
I have been using Outlook 2000 since I first started working with Office 2000 in the summer of 1999 (hmm… the name is a bit of a misnomer then isn’t it – yep!) and it is still my favourite mailer for my specs. Whilst for the typical home-user, Outlook Express is likely to be the most useful mail program, given its all in one in-built newsgroups control (indeed Outlook 2000 has to use Outlook Express as its newsreader, although in all fairness newsgroups are not at prominent as in earlier times, and they are of little use to most business clients, who are Outlook 2000’s intended users.), but for anyone who is a bit more of a power-user then Outlook 2000 is a better choice. Outlook is simply more than a mail program, being a schedule and a contact manager, and if you are a Palm owner, and your Palm is shipped with Chapura Pocket Mirror, then you can link it seamlessly to your Palm, with easy syncing and the means to synchronise it with ease. The interface is also very similar to PalmDesktop, which means that if you are used to using that, then this fits in very nicely. The calendar syncs to “Date Book”, your e-mail to “Mail” (although I rarely use this), notes to “MemoPad”, tasks to “To Do List” and contact info to “Address”. Chapura Pocket Mirror is available for around $40 otherwise, and further details can be obtained from www.chapura.com. The calendar/schedule allows you to keep track of all the events that are happening and as a groupware tool, it can be used to allow you to arrange meetings with colleagues in the office, and well as pass around contacts, memos and business cards. The business card format is the standard .vcf format, which means that most mail programs will be able to accept them. One of the things that is very useful is if you have multiple identities (this is not a joke about schizophrenia!) that you can assign assorted sigs with business car
ds attached to each identity, thus making it possible to use the same program for home and business use, and also with multiple internet connections/ISPs. The Outlook today page allows you to take control of what you want from Outlook, being traditionally set-up to show your appointments for the coming few days and the state of your inbox, drafts and outbox (used if you send your mail after writing offline), as well as any tasks. The useful feature of Outlook 2000, in terms of e-mail provision, is the organise/rules option. I regularly receive large volumes of e-mail and like to be able to sort it quickly and efficiently without have to sift through my inbox. By setting rules it is possible to sort your e-mail by sender, recipient, date, content, subject line thus cutting out a lot of the day-to-day pruning of your e-mail. Rules are easy to set-up in the first instance and there is scope for a lot of depth to filter them to exactly the right place. However occasionally messages can go missing although the search function will usually find the offending culprits. As well as the usual range of priority for e-mail, asking for confirmation that a mail has been read, it is possible to screen your e-mail for junk and add certain senders to the list of junk mail senders (that means you – buongiorno.com and others…!) and also a similar filter for adult content – so future messages will be highlighted, although with the tricks spammers use it can be a long and laborious process. So you'll find that the titular Miss Hotlips won't be bothering you too frequently. As part of the Office 2000 suite, there is near seamless integration with the office programs, making it easier to send documents/files directly from office, although I still prefer to save things and add them as attachments for the reason that filenames are otherwise forgotten. The permitted size of attachments is obviously determined by your ISP –
; may be between 1Mb and 3Mb on the whole. I had previously used GroupWise at work which had a very handy notify program, and whilst an icon will appear in the System Tray of Outlook to say that you have got a new e-mail, accompanied by a personalised audio tone to inform you, the notify function is something that could be improved on. My only major gripe with Outlook 2000 is that it allows e-mail stationary, a horrible thing if ever I saw one, but of course in order to stay with the rest of the field this is important so that those horrible multi-coloured messages you get from friends arrive as intended. There is support for all types of e-mail (i.e. plaintext, rich-text or html e-mail), which can be chosen. One thing that has been picked up on is Microsoft Outlook 2000’s susceptibility to viruses and security problems, mainly stemming from the inclusion of VB Script in the program. I would advise people to be precautious about only attachments, and would recommend using a virus killer (such as InoculateIT) that offers real-time virus protection. With InoculateIT you won’t be able to open any nasty virus bearing attachment, as Virgil wrote “timeo Danaos et donae ferentes”. At least though Microsoft do issue frequent software patches, although there are still repeatedly problems from time to time. Overall Outlook 2000 builds on the features of Outlook Express, whilst still maintaining the familiarity of the office products. If you are an Office user, then it really makes sense to expand your Office experience to include your e-mail.
Outlook This is the office program from multi millionaire Bill Gates who if you did not know wants an extension on his already huge mansion! Microsoft has pulled out every possible stop for this fantastic program that I swear by on a daily basis be it home or at work. Outlook is fast and super efficient if it were not for the fact that we had to program it to tell it what to do I would say it was cleverer than the average man! Well it is cleverer than me at least it remembers things, yes I know I tell it to remember but if I did not then I never would, if you know what I am getting at? So what features does this nifty little program have to offer OK I won?t go into great depth I will cover the main features that most people know and a few hidden extras that may be beneficial to the new techno geeks out there. Outlook comes as part and parcel of Office 2000 and earlier Windows packages such as ?98 and ?95, it is the standard POP mail program available to most of us, but this is more than an email package it is an information manager in and out of office. Outlook 2000 helps you organise and manage all your information from a single location. And in today's workplace, more efficient information management means increased productivity and better bottom-line results ~ Outlook Today This is the first feature listed in Outlook and is what you could say the days page of your diary. It has everything that you have scheduled for the day that you have scheduled into the many other features with in Outlook. This is like an overview of all the features on one page. ~ Calendar This is an excellent feature with an endless list of capabilities, I have found that it comes in more than handy at home and is an extremely valuable tool for work. At home I use it for keeping note of the every day easy to forget birthdays and appointments, such as doctors, car going in for service or working an early. I p
ost all my shifts on here so as I always know what days I am actually working, brain is getting a bit ditty in my old age you see! At work the powers of the calendar are amazing never forget another meeting time or location by entering the details into your calendar once you receive them. You can also set up meetings and send the details via email to all attendees, when they read the mail it will automatically be added to their calendars and they are requested to send an email to accept or decline your invitation. Important tasks that recur on a regular basis can be added and a reminder can be set of when ever you want it to up to 2 days before the actual event. If it is a simple task you can have the reminder set of just 5 minutes before it is due to happen. This is just some of the features of calendar but don?t want to go to in depth, as I would be here for weeks!! ~ Contacts This is simply what it says a list of contacts that you have added to your Outlook, but unlike an ordinary address book it has all possible detail about someone possible from there nicknames to where the work at what desk and for what company. It is fantastic and there is no limit to how many people you can have in your address book. You can also set up distribution lists that are groups of people you normally send the same email to i.e. if you are manager in a team you can set up the team as a list and just choose a name and locate that name and you can send one email to one group of people. ~ Inbox This is where all your new mail will be stored and can be customised in many different ways. When you receive mail from certain people you can set up rules that will redirect that mail to special locations, i.e. you could set up a folder for your manager?s emails and they are easier to locate and can be dealt with promptly. There are loads of different ways to view new mail some are as follows: -
By Sender - Last 7 days - Newest messages first These are just a few, you can also customise colours i.e. say you mum and dad send you emails you can specify a colour to their names and every time they send you an email you will know it was from them making it much easier to pick up. Again there is an endless list of features for the inbox for you to explore but remember it will probably take a while to discover the full potential of the program. ~ Journal I have never really used this but would assume that it is for what it suggests, keeping notes of the day in case you ever need to go back and check when something was done. You can set it up to automatically record any actions that have occurred with any of your Office 2000 applications, within Outlook you can customise it to record what emails have been received and sent without actually taking notes. Journal is automatic and can be switched on or off at any time. ~ Tasks This has pretty much the same idea as the calendar but is aimed more at your own day ahead and any tasks that you may need to complete and within what timescales. You can go back to the task and mark it is complete, you can set recurrence reminders if it is a task that is carried out frequently. You can also assign the task to someone else via email and have them confirm to you when they have started the task, when they expect to complete it and when they actually do complete it so that you also can keep track of the tasks progress. This is another handy little tool for ensuring you achieve maximum productivity, meet deadlines and ensure that you don?t forget to do it. No more tying string around your thumb! ~ Notes This is a massive space for simply dropping notes on, when first logging into notes you may be a little confused as you are only presented with a blank screen, I know I was confused. After exploring a little
more and double clicking on the page I noticed a little like electronic Post It note appeared on screen with the date. You simply add you notes to the little pad click back on the blank screen and the note you have written appears as a Word attachment on your desk space. That is the main features of Outlook and a very brief overview of what each section has to offer. There are other little extra that come in handy for every day use and there are lots of features to help prevent getting rid of information before you need to i.e. when you delete something from your inbox accidentally it will go to a deleted items folder. When it gets there it can only be deleted by confirming that you are sure that it has to go to the rubbish tip, however, you can set up a further protection where you can also recover deleted items for up to 30 days, this has proven to be valuable time after time at work. Overall Outlook is your right hand man in the office and has great loads of uses in the home as well, so go on explore that package you have sitting on your PC, discover it?s full potential and enjoy! I am still exploring and still finding out more every day.
Manage and organize your workday with Microsoft Outlook 2000 e-mail and personal information manager. Easily organise and manage e-mail, calendars, contacts, and tasks; and access the Internet from a single window. Outlook 2000 offers support of Internet standards. These include Simple Mail Transport Protocol and Post Office Protocol 3 (SMTP/POP3), Internet Mail Access Protocol 4 (IMAP4), Message Disposition Notifications (read receipts), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Dynamic HTML, Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME), Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP), vCard, vCalendar, and iCalendar. Outlook 2000 introduces innovative features to further advance the functionality in e-mail, calendar, and contact-management features, usability, and integration. It also offers collaboration across the Internet or with Microsoft Exchange Server. Outlook 2000 takes the Internet beyond just Web pages and electronic mail, enabling new ways to collaborate and share information across the Internet. For workgroups and enterprises, Outlook, combined with Microsoft Exchange Server, is a complete solution for developing and deploying a wide variety of collaborative applications, from contact-management solutions for workgroups to enterprise-wide workflow and tracking applications.
MS Outlook is one of the many 'organiser' programs on the market, but has the advantage of integration with other MS software. It has a number of features of varying usefulness as follows: Calendar: surprisingly enough, this is for organising your appointments and other 'events' to any date in the future. You have a choice of one day, week or month to view. Contacts: a database for names, addresses, numbers, in fact any personal or company information. These can be arranged in just about any order you might need. Tasks: Make a list of tasks, complete with notes and contact details. You can set start and end dates, so that they appear as and when you need them. You can also use email, but you're better off using dedicated software for this. You can combine all of these features if you have a network set up with your colleagues also using this software, but the most useful feature is also the simplest: the ability to print all this information out! You can choose the paper size (to fit in your Filofax, for example), and by using Outlook you can keep yourself pretty well organised. The only problem is the necessity to use Outlook regularly, otherwise things tend to get missed out and the effectiveness is much reduced. Thus much more useful for office than home use.
Outlook 2000 is Microsoft’s Office-friendly personal information manager that takes your e-mail to a whole new level of power and sophistication. But why toss money at something you may not really need? Most folks going to Windows 98 or Windows 2000 can download Outlook Express, Microsoft’s lightweight contender in the Personal Information Manager/messaging arena that does some good message handling and rudimentary contact management, so why go for the full-blown Outlook program? 1) You’re a Microsoft-friendly corporate user or administrator terrified of UNIX and you’re trying to establish some semi-serious groupware scheduling and file sharing. 2) You need a serious offline calendar and contacts list that you can’t entrust with what Yahoo! Has to offer on their web site, or you need it to talk to Word for Mail Merges on a regular basis. 3) You’ve already got Office 97 or Office 2000 running, and it’s sitting right there unused. What the heck! 4) This isn't just a casual 1-a-day user like Grandma and Grandpa who are better off with AOL. This is a serious messaging warrior requiring heavy-duty firepower. Its a very good mail client handler thats easy to set up and worth every penny you pay for it.
Having only ever used Microsoft Outlook Express before, Outlook 2000 was a nice addition to my office software. Outlook does have a more proffesional feel than Outlook Express. I no longer read the news groups so I have no need for the express version anymore. When I first got Microsoft Outlook I thought it was an e-mail package just like the express version, I was of course wrong about this and found out that Outlook 2000 has much more to offer. It is an organiser more than qanything else. It comes equiped with e-mail capabilities aswell as a calendar/diary a notes section for little idea or reminders. It also logs the use and editing of other office documents on a time line. Outlook provides a place to keep all your contacts, it lets you enter every piece of information about them, from there name and e-mail address to there nickname and there birthday. Outlook will also remind you a set time before there birthday so you dont forget. The Calander/Diary serves the same purpose as an appointment book as you can have enteries for every 5 minutes of every day. If thats a little too detailed you have to choice of setting this to 5,15,30 or every hour. Each event that you enter into the diary can have an alarm set to it so you can be reminded that you have something to do. If you have a memory like mine then maybe this is quite a good idea. There is also a tasks section where you can write down your current tasks, who they are assigned to and the current completion percentage. Again this is usefull if you are running a business. The e-mail section is where I spend most of my time when using Outlook, I am, one of those people who sign up to get loads of different e-mail from loads of places, I often receive over 20 mails a day so the feature that comes with Outlook is very usefull to me. That feature is the ability to put all the e-mails in expandable groups in order of who sent them, this allows me to keep track of all my
mail rather than having to locate it in a list of 100 e-mails when I am looking for a specific one. Great program for running a business, if your just into e-mail then maybe the express version is better for you
Bundled with Office 2000, Outlook 2000 makes a great addition to your myriad of personal organisation utilities. It offers a vast range of features from calender, contact management, task lists and sticky notes. The product however, is a little unstable and uses lots of memory. Microsoft have never been good at prodiving cut down solutions and Outlook 2000 is no exception. On my 400mhz system with 96mb of ram Outlook takes quite some time to load up and occasionally still resides in the memory although it appears I have closed it. This is a common problem with the software and means that you could soon find all your resources being drained from your fingertips. One of the big advantages of the software is its "rules" feature which allows you to dynamically manage your incoming and received mail based on set criteria. This allows you to sort your email in to foloders "on the fly" and automatically delete what it detects to be junkmail using its in built algorithm. What this feature does lack from its "outlook express" counterpart is the ability to read newsgroups which is vital for many people so unless you know you are never going to need newsgroups then I wouldn;t recommend the upgrade from express to standard.