July 20, 2007 7:22 AM Subscribe
My systems administrator won’t let me forward my company mail to Gmail. Outlook is making me crazy and not getting the job done. How can I either a.) configure Outlook to mimic some of Gmail’s best features, or b.) find an Outlook alternative that won’t invite the ire of the tech department? (Specifics inside.)
posted by chickletworks to Computers & Internet (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Part of my job is to track documents as they go through review by a group of about ten people. This involves keeping track of requested changes, making them, re-sending the document to the group, and making note of who’s given clearance. Gmail’s conversation threading is perfect for this; Outlook’s “sort by conversation” feature is not-- it can’t automatically group pieces of the conversation from the sent folder, inbox, and archive folders, so I waste a ton of time hunting for messages. (This problem is exacerbated by the fact that Outlook is only minimally searchable.)
The tech department won’t let me use Gmail because a lot of the work we do here is sensitive and they want messages to “stay on the server.” Honestly, I only have a vague understanding of what that means.
So my ideal email application would be
-Server-based or whatever the hell the systems administrator wants
-Capable of intelligently threading conversations
-Bonus: allow a Gmail-style system of labels/ tags/ stars.