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6 Microsoft Outlook Add-Ons For Businesses

6 Microsoft Outlook Add-Ons For Businesses

Microsoft Outlook is a popular email client with many businesses due to its dependability and intuitive interface. It’s also compatible with a large number of third party add-ons, which can be used to streamline tasks and increase productivity.

The most ideal add-ons for business usage should be user-friendly while making daily tasks easier to manage. Here’s a list of Microsoft Outlook add-ons designed to help you work more efficiently, back up your files, manage your workflow and make life a whole lot easier.

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1. Evernote For Outlook

Evernote is an app desgned to aid with note taking, organizing and archiving. The Evernote for Outlook add-on provides the convenience of keeping project notes and emails in one place and makes it easy to share them with the rest of your team. Emails and attachments from Outlook are integrated seamlessly with your Evernote account. The add-on can be used alongside Outlook composer. Emails can be saved to Evernote and organized to your liking.

2. Total Outlook Converter Pro

Total Outlook Converter Pro is an effective and user-friendly tool for backing up and saving thousands of emails as PDF or DOC files. This way they can be opened without any email program. Alternatively, users can save emails as an EML file, which is the standard for most email programs nowadays. The process is completed via a batch process and can be a huge time saver for legal practices or any business that needs to back up a large amount of emails.

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3. Trello

Trello is a task management app that is just recently been made available as an Outlook add-on. Trello allows users to add important emails to a virtual board that’s vieweble by members of the team. From there, tasks can be assigned and marked as “in-progress” or “complete.” This makes it easy to view who’s working on what project.

The add-on feature allows you to add possible email leads to a specific board. This add-on is best suited for companies who are looking for a project management solution with seamless Outlook integration. Trello makes it easy for companies to maintain productivity without having to wade through old emails.

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4. MailWasher

Tired of being bombarded with daily spam and spending a large chunk of your morning deleting irrelevant messages? Mailwasher is a spam filter that blocks spam on the server before you even download it to your computer. The best part is that it’s completely free. The program also enables you to check emails on the server before you download them and allows you to remove any unwanted emails with a single click. Frequent contacts can be added to a friends list in order to make sure they go through.

5. Sender’s Time Zone

It’s not uncommon for a company to have teams of developers and outsourced workers from different parts of the world. If you conduct a significant amount of business with individuals or companies in different time zones, Sender’s Time Zone is a must-have. This app shows the time zone of the the other party in every incoming and outgoing email. It’s a lot more convenient than having to do a Google search in order to figure out time zone differences.

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6. Text Lightning

Text Lightning is a time-saving tool that is very useful if you need to use a canned response. It’s almost like an auto-responder while still allowing you to edit and customize your actual response. The software stores responses you’ve made in the past and lets you add in common phrases and text to your emails with a click. This program is a big time saver if you have to respond to a large volume of emails daily.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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