As a PM, I use Outlook far more than the other Office apps. I have to admit that with beta 1, had my doubts about the viability of offline mode, but it seems to be fairly solid in beta 2. I still find myself reaching for the “Send / Receive” button and switching between online and offline modes to coerce Outlook to retreive mail. Our IT folks have even sent mail telling us *not* to use the “Send / Receive” button as it was taxing the server. I found that at least a little amusing. In the end, Offline mode is nice though. I no longer have to worry about syncing mail before I stray away from the warmth of a wireless AP.
Reading mode, reading mode, reading mode. What else do I need to say? There also seem to have been improvements to the pasting intelligence. I’ve been using the “Keep destination formatting” smart tag less than I used to.
I see this product and I wonder how many times are we going to reinvent the form designer wheel? The context menu metaphor InfoPath uses for property editing is not intuitive in my opinion. I do agree with other folks that it wont be long before someone creates an ASP.NET (and hopefully Windows Forms too) adatper that converts an InfoPath form to a live app.
As far as useage, I’m not sure I see the market for this app. I will be interested to see how businesses put it to work.