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6 Microsoft Outlook Add-Ons For Businesses

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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 December 18, 2020

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Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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