I have been using Microsoft Outlook for a long time now. I’m currently using Outlook 2003 and like it for the most part. However, there are some things I would like to see improved:
1. An easier way to create distribution lists. Distribution lists are key tools in Outlook. However, creating the lists is quite cumbersome. I would prefer a way to maybe check a box beside each contact that I would like to include in a distribution list and build the list from there. Right now, I have to choose from ALL my contacts and have to doubleclick on each contact to add them to the list. That’s a pain.
2. The ability to turn on/off delivery from certain mail servers. For instance, I use Dreamhost as my blog host for AllFinancialMatters. Their mail server doesn’t always work properly. The problem is that Outlook still tries to check mail from my dreamhost account during these down times, causing Outlook to get hung up or, even worse, a stupid window pops up asking for my password. It would be nice to just turn off the send/receive feature for my dreamhost account.
3. Better contact information. I would like to be able to keep track of birthdays for an entire family and have the birthdays automatically inserted into my Outlook Calendar.
Those are the three main improvements I would like to see in the next edition of Microsoft Outlook. Does anyone know what the next Outlook is supposed to look like?