Yes while others are out and about on a Friday evening i am watching Robert Scoble's interview with Jessica Arnold, a PM with the Outlook 2007 team who gives us a first look at the Outlook 2007 features. The video post came through on my Channel 9 RSS feed- if you haven't seen a Channel 9 interview you should take a look- Scoble does a great job interviewing the folks at Microsoft that are working on the products (and once in a while executives show up as well).
Here are some highlights that will become great time savers for me:
- A 'To-Do Bar' that gives you a quick view of your calendar and task bar
- >>>i always flip back and forth from my inbox to my calendar and this looks very useful
- RSS Reader with seamless integration with IE 7 for quick subscription (available in browser and outlook)
- >>>i have said this before- adoption of RSS will increase when and only if end users have an easy way to subscribe to the RSS feeds-
- Interaction with SharePoint- quickly upload and download
- >>>excellent news for those of us that live in outlook and may spend a lot of time offline and now can have the ability to quickly post documents and send out emails in one action
- Live review of fonts- this will be quite useful
- >>>this is a simple thing but very cool and will shave minutes off when figuring out what font to use. Looks like Office 2007 is going to have this live review feature across various features including adding tables.
- A feature to send your calendar as an HTML email - so you can quickly choose to send your calendar for a time period so folks that are not permissioned for your calendar can see when you are available.
- >>>this is awesome. you can choose at what permission level to send it (with appt details or just blocked out) in an HTML format. Lately i have taken to just sending a screen shot because it is SO tedious to have to write out all the times available. There can be times that it takes me longer to schedule an appointment with a client then the actual appointment itself!