As much as I dislike Microsoft and its products, unfortunately they are here to stay. I am forced to use them at work because they love paying too much for corporate applications. But that’s a story for another day.
If you use Outlook frequently, meet Xobni. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but it looks like a very useful addon. It has even been called the next generation of social networking by Bill Gates himself.
Xobni makes it easy to find specific conversations, and displays them in threaded format. It allows you to quickly find phone numbers, and makes it easy to find a free slot in your calendar for a new meeting. You also get email analytics, giving you statistics on how you and your colleagues use email.
Although it is still currently in beta, I plan on installing it on my PC at work and giving it a test run. Its requirements are that you have to be running Windows XP or Vista, and Outlook 2003 or 2007.