Another reader wants MSN Messenger integrated into Outlook, something that has been tried, to a degree in the past, but seemed really clunky. He predicts, "If Outlook doesnt integrate IM, it will soon become obsolete," which I think is a stretch. Hed also like peer-to-peer file sharing in Outlook, mentioning Groove as a good example of how this might work. He agreed with my request for RSS support and would like to see a better interface for blogging generally, especially blog creation.
Some readers suggested Outlook add-ins, including one from my friend Pito Salas:
- "AnagramThis application works with Outlook and pulls and structures contact information out of emails. Simply, you select the text with the name, phone numbers, address etc. in the email, type control-c twice, and up pops a new Outlook contact record all properly filled out. It does similar things with appointments etc. Super useful and perhaps a more politically correct alternative to applications like Plaxo."
- "It would be great if the categories, once created, could be used to create distribution lists. I have a few clients using Outlook as contact database and would love to take the work already done with categories and without duplicating the work, use them as distribution lists for bulk emailing."
- "The rules wizard should offer an option to create rules that run AFTER I read a message. That way I could let all incoming mail go to the Inbox, read the messages, and never have to move a message manually. Moving the messages upon receipt is the only option currently available. I have so many folders and subfolders for mail that on occasion I fail to see that I received a message from, say, my ex-wife or some inactive client whos checking on my availability."