I wonder whether the original designer of MS Outlook suffers the classic recurring nightmare of being out in public with no pants?
MS Outlook is missing a feature so blindingly obvious and necessary that it comes as a shock to find it’s not there:
Tasks with due dates don’t appear on the Calendar!
Really! Don’t believe me? Go check.
Yes, it’s true. As designed, the Calendar and the Tasks are two distinct subsystems… like room-mates locked into a permanent sulk… or the AD&D Brawl and Combat systems.
It’s frankly bizarre that a behemoth like Microsoft could put out a product with such an obvious omission. So, if the Outlook designer does have those nightmares, it’s probably because he or she is sufficiently forgetful to have genuinely gone to work sans-jeans!
Fortunately, there’s an independent software provider willing and able to hand you a pair of chinos to cover the shame of your particular Outlook installation…
TaskToCal syncs the MS Outlook calendar with the task list. Tinker in one place and the changes appear in the other.
Oddly, this little masterpiece didn’t require much documentation. However, I was glad to get the gig, especially because I got to make some suggestions about streamlining the UI text. I delivered my work as a Help and Manual project, and the client was very happy:
“Do you love writing software but you hate writing documentation? Then don’t burden yourself any longer. Ask Martin to do this job. The result is pragmatic and overwhelming at the same time. He does his work on time and delivers more than you expect.”