Freeware of the moment: Outlook on the Desktop

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Do you live in Outlook? Want a way to have all of your Outlook information available on the desktop without it being too obtrusive? You might want to have a look-see at Michael Scrivo’s "Outlook on the Desktop" application; I saw it yesterday at Digital Inspiration and installed it this morning. For me, it’s a keeper due to:

  • The ability to have and interact with all of my Outlook info as part of my desktop.
  • The fantastic application preferences which (to my surprise!) allow it to fit on a small screen.

The application is supported on both XP and Vista; I double-checked the Vista claim and it works well. The idea is to put Outlook views on your desktop in a semi-transparent state. You can control the transparency level as well as the size and position of the information through the application preferences:

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I had concerns that this wouldn’t fit on the 7-inch screen of Samantha, my Samsung Q1P, but she’s got the info right on the desktop so I always have my schedule, tasks or whatever else I need. You can only show one set of Outlook information at a time and you control that by right-clicking the tray icon for the app. Here you can see the control set to change between Calendar, Contacts, Inbox, Notes, and Tasks.

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What’s amazing to me is that you can manipulate the views right on your desktop. For example: if you want to sort your desktop Inbox view by Date, just click Date in the desktop view, the same as you would for the full Outlook client! Here’s a pic of creating a new appointment in Vista; for this particular action, any selection opens up the Outlook client:

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We’ve previously seen methods to get Outlook on your desktop as a usable background, but in just 15 minutes of using this application, I’m convinced it’s one of the best methods yet!

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