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Favorite Windows email tricks and plugins

I'm working on an article about email tricks for one of your finer magazines, and -- as you might imagine -- when it comes to the inevitable Windows stuff, I'm a bit light in the useful tips department. So, I turn to you Redmond-using smarties for help.

Do you have a favorite application, plugin, trick, or hack for bending Windows email to your will? Double-credit for Outlook add-ons that garden-variety users can install without fancy root-style access. Whence comes your magic Windows fu?

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I'm basically a Redmond loyalist,...

I'm basically a Redmond loyalist, so I can probably help shed some light on this.

1.) Add Ons: Mapi Lab has more add-ons for Outlook and Outlook Express than you can shake a stick at. You can check them out at http://www.mapilab.com/. (I am in no way affiliated with Mapi Lab). Some of my favorite add-ons they ofer include Quick Templates for Outlook, and Attachment Management. There's lots of Outlook Goodness, and the MapiLab toolbox contains 18 add-ons for $24.

2.) I think one of the most powerful email platforms for Windows is Outlook Live. It allows synchronization over multiple devices and applications (Outlook, Web Mail, PDA or Smartphone). It's available for a resonable $49.95 a month.

3.) Lookout for Outlook, or Windows Desktop Search. Both applications offer snazzy searching within Outlook. I used to go for Lookout, but now I stick with Windows Desktop Search. It allows you to save search queries within Outlook (think Smart Folders).

I've got some new posts regarding Outlook use up my sleeve, but in the meantime, you can browse the following (Note: these links are to posts that I've written on my own blog): Handling My Email Contacts and Calendar My Current Email Solution: Outlook Live

I live in Outlook day in and day out. I'd be happy to be a guinea pig, or provide some feedback for anything related to your article.




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