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Microsoft Outlook 2010 email software

Outlook_2010_LogoOutlook, in this case Outlook 2010, is the industry standard for Windows email software.  It has its weaknesses, but by and large, it does what it says on the tin.

Email software is mostly just that – it handles your email, but of course with email comes the need for other features that are not quite so instantly obvious if you’re new to email.  For example, you need a contact management system to store all your email addresses.  With that, you need more than just the email addresses, so telephone numbers, postal addresses and other personal details such as birthdays and spouses names.  That’s more-or-less standard across all email packages.

Once you’ve got that however, it makes sense to add in a calendar/diary.  Then you can make appointments with your contacts, and integrate the two.  Outlook does this pretty well.  Outlook 2007 was the first version of Outlook to have a fully integrated calendar/diary.  It allows other co-workers access to it to make it easier to book meetings etc.

As with previous versions of Outlook,  if you’re working in a corporate environment, then your email is almost certainly coming to you through a company email server. That server is probably running Microsoft Exchange.  Outlook 2010 integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange.  And so there you have it – the industry standard.

Outlook 2010 added little in the way of new functionality to what was already in Outlook 2007, but it did get a major new interface.  A ribbon bar, similar to that in all the other 2007 Office products was added to 2010.  Other features were also added.  You can now include photos of the people you’re in contact with (depending on how your system is configured).  There’s also a much improved search facility.  Other than that there are few changes.  There is one notably undesirable one though: Conversation View works on the basis that it would be helpful to see all the emails in a single thread together.  This is a great idea, however, the emails are found using the ‘Subject’ field and are completely independent of the actual thread!  So, if you have a series of emails all called ‘Sales Meeting’, then you will get all of them displayed even if they are from different threads!  How annoying is that?!  Happily you can turn Conversation View off!

There is also, for the first time, limited functionality to integrate with Facebook and LinkedIn.

There is one more recent version of Outlook, Outlook 2013, but Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 cover the bulk of the functionality that most people considered desirable before tablets and smartphones.

To see a full review of Outlook 2010, click here. Outlook 2010_screenshot

To go to the Outlook website, click here.


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