Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Incredibly cool Outlook add-on

Michael Hyatt over at Working Smart has written ad add-on for Outlook that allows an assistant, receptionist, etc. to easily take a phone message and the software turns the phone message entry into an e-mail. A detailed description of the software and very detailed instruction on how to get the software working with Outlook can be found here. a few important things to note:

  • This software is considered "alpha" (i.e., it has not really even been beta tested.
  • This software was created for use with Windows XP and Outlook 2003 and has not been tested with earlier versions of Windows or Outlook.
  • The installation requires a fair amount of technical skill -- this is not an installation for the faint of heart.

Michael is looking for a VB6 programmer to help him turn this into an Outlook COM add-in. I look forward to watching how this software develops; hopefully it can be turned into a COM add-in and be tested for compatibility with earlier Windows and Office versions.

Quick screenshots:

The While You Were Out button on the Outlook toolbar:

The interface for someone filling out a message.

Follow this link to see how the form above looks when the "Send" button is pushed.

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