Using your Mailbox to Store Work-in-Progress documents

Like most people, I work on a collection of work-in-progress documents. Over time I started loosing track of where the latest version of a particular document was left... my desktop, tabletpc, laptop, or on my home machine.

Then I remembered a relatively unused feature of Exchange+Outlook which is “Free Docs”. If you didn't know already, you can directly drag a document into a folder in your mailbox. Here you can leave the document while you edit and develop it over time. Coupling this with Outlook Local Cache Mode, you can keep multiple clients in sync with the latest version of a document regardless of where you are or which client you decide to use.



Comments (3)
  1. I choose to use Groove ( for this kind of thing. It is exceedingly better. Not the least that the new V3 synchs regular folders and of course I can invite others to share my documents in the way you describe. James.

  2. But’s solutions are quite expensive if you already have an Exchange Server running…

  3. Buck Hodges says:

    About a month ago, I wrote about using Outlook with RPC over HTTP.  I recently stumbled across an…

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