The electronic time management revolution will not be televised

Here is a post from Hank Leukart about the Outlook 12 Calendar. -Melissa Over the past 15 years, paper-based communication has been replaced by electronic communication: quick chats have become instant messages, letters and memos have become e-mail, and reports have become electronic documents.  While this change is something that most of us now take for…

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Hank Leukart on Color Categories

The following is from guest blogger and fellow PM, Hank Leukart. Enjoy! -Melissa Greetings!  My name is Hank Leukart, and I am a Program Manager for Microsoft Office Outlook.  I have worked on Outlook 2001 for Mac, Outlook 2002 (XP), Outlook 2003, and Outlook 12; I’ve been involved in designing – among other features – Search…

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More on subtasks

In this release of Outlook, we considered adding subtasks, but decided that the primary problem that our customers are facing is that they don’t use tasks at all. Some might argue that this is because tasks in Outlook lack the hierarchy and sophisticated linking that some time management philosophies call for, but what we found…

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A word about subtasks

Let me start by saying that the next version of Outlook 12 will not have sub-tasks. However, there are some new ways around this. First, categories will be much more prominent, and people can use categories as the headers of their projects, for example “Garage Clean Up,” “Errands,” etc., and then sort the To-Do Bar…

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Tenets of task management

Before delving into Outlook 12’s task management system, I want to describe my three tenets: reduce your To-Do lists to one; keep your personal and business tasks together in one place; and get your tasks out of your head. (These are not to unique to me, but come from nearly all of the task management…

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A word about Color Categories and Outlook 2003 Quick Flags

I already posted this to the Beta1 newsgroup, but it seems appropriate to post here as well. While people liked colored flags in Outlook 2003, for many, over time, the meaning of the colored flag was lost (“was green Carson Project or Drew Project?”) Not surprisingly, we heard a lot of complaints about not being…

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How did we get here?

In our research for Outlook 12, we* found that less than 30 percent of Outlook users use the Tasks portion of Outlook, despite the fact that during site visits, we saw that people desperately needed help organizing the action items they need to do. From our site visits, we found that people didn’t use Tasks…

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Welcome!

Hi, My name is Melissa MacBeth and I design features for Microsoft Office Outlook. Specifically, I have been working on the task and time management features for the next version – Outlook 12, which has recently been released for Beta testing. For those of you interested in time management, there are a lot of new…

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