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PIM to go

Keep e-mail, contacts, and calendars on your USB drive with this innovative program.

Microsoft Outlook is a very popular way to keep up with e-mail, calendars, to-do lists, and contact information. Unfortunately, it's not very portable; the information on one computer isn't accessible on another computer without some maneuvering. EssentialPIM Portable is an alternative to Outlook that makes it easy to keep e-mail, schedules, and contacts handy wherever you go.

EssentialPIM Portable's portability doesn't come just from its small size. This attractive personal information manager can actually only be run on U3 smart drives. Its interface reminds us a lot of Outlook, and anyone with Outlook experience should find the navigation quite familiar. There are tabs for e-mail, calendar, to-do list, notes, and contacts. All of the program's features are easy to use; it was even quick and painless to configure our e-mail account. You use EssentialPIM Portable just as you would any other e-mail client or schedule manager; the only difference is that you plug in your USB drive to access it and then, when you're done, you take it with you to be used elsewhere. EssentialPIM makes it easy for users to transition from another PIM, with options for importing information from both Outlook and iCal. The program's Help file is well-written and thorough, with plenty of screenshots. Overall, we think that EssentialPIM Portable is an innovative way to make software-based personal information management useful on multiple computers.

EssentialPIM Portable comes as a zip file and is accessible after extraction with no need to install. We recommend this program to all users.

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