Outlook on the Desktop

Outlook on the Desktop

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.3
  • Total Downloads:
    14,536
  • Date Added:
    July 12, 2013
  • File Size:
    500.11KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    119
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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Keeping Microsoft Outlook's calendar functions open without having to launch the entire e-mail application will be very handy for users who rely on a different e-mail client. But we had some view problems during our tests that may prove a problem to some users.

Outlook on the Desktop lives up to its name: it loads an icon into the system tray, so merely clicking it launches the calendar. Configuring the font, colors, and the view (Day/Week/Month, entry previews, categories, and so forth) is simply a matter of choosing an option from a right-click menu. This free little utility functioned well in our tests, but it maintained a high level of transparency whenever it opened on our desktop. In fact, it was so transparent that the appearance of the icons under the calendar was more solid than the calendar, making the calendar's entries difficult to read at times. We found no means of adjusting this transparency.

Some users may have difficulty with the view, but others may like its unobtrusive style. That being said, if you're looking for a way to keep your Outlook calendar within view, the free price makes it worth a shot.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Love having my calendar on the desktop!"

October 25, 2011  |  By kaballison

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 2.0

Pros

I can now get rid of my paper calendar since I have it on the desktop.

Cons

Sometimes my background makes it difficult to see.

Summary

Works for me!

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4 stars

"Very cool!"

October 25, 2011  |  By tprodnuk

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 2.0

Pros

I like to see the tasks without having Outlook open.

Cons

None yet...

Summary

I figured out how to change the transparency! In the top left corner of the window, there's a bar that you can drag either left or right to change the degree of transparency.

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5 stars

"Cannot live without this!"

February 17, 2011  |  By AlternativeXYZ

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 1.6.0

Pros

I have it on both of my laptops.

Cons

Cannot make changes on the desktop - have to do it through outllook - but it does not bother me.

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4 stars

"nice to view outlook calendar without opening outlook"

October 16, 2010  |  By mskaye

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 1.6.0

Pros

can make transparent and still view schedule without opening outlook, sync easily with mobile

Cons

can't think of one at this time

Summary

just nice to not have open outlook, everything right at my fingertips... literally.

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3 stars

"So far, I like it overall."

December 03, 2009  |  By emtprn

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 1.5.2

Pros

Very nice to be able to interact directly with Outlook from the desktop.

Cons

Becomes unstable when I added an Instance for Task.

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5 stars

"A great program, I don't know how I managed before."

August 24, 2009  |  By stuartfidler_uk

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 1.5.2

Pros

Easy to used and does what it says on the tin

Cons

Not easy to move the interface around on the desktop

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2 stars

"Great if I could move it...."

September 26, 2008  |  By 1Nona

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 1.4

Pros

Looks like a nice add on

Cons

I have a black screen and it opens as a see through. Can hardly read it and my shortcuts show thru. Cannot move it to another part of my desktop

Summary

If I could find help I may be more delighted with this

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5 stars

"just what I was looking for"

September 04, 2008  |  By _greg_

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 1.4

Pros

easy and functional

Cons

outlook is left open in the background

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5 stars

"A Superior PIM for those who use MS Outlook"

April 16, 2008  |  By clarkbeltron

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 1.4

Pros

This little software is really impressive. It lets you bring MS Outlook to your desktop to add, delete and modify daily tasks... without having to bring up MS Outlook itself.

It's icon sits in the sys tray... just double click twice and there it is... on your desktop... This little thing's a beaut!

Cons

Maybe a centralized "help" file would help... the help is all right there but you just have to know where to click... for some things right click the sys tray icon... for other things right click near the top date bar. But really that's being picky... this app is a hidden gem...

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3 stars

"A useful and unpretentious way to get your actual information properly and clear"

December 18, 2007  |  By cpoolman

 |  Version: Outlook on the Desktop 1.3.5

Cons

Works fine, but when active, you cannot use your own Outlook add-ins when you start Outlook yourself.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.3
Version 2.1.3 fixed an issue where OotD would crash on windows startup if the Windows RPC server was not yet available and added a message to let users know if they've installed the wrong version.
General
Publisher Michael Scrivo
Publisher web site http://www.michaelscrivo.com/projects/outlookdesktop/
Release Date July 08, 2013
Date Added July 12, 2013
Version 2.1.3
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows
Additional Requirements Microsoft Outlook 2003 or higher, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
Download Information
File Size 500.11KB
File Name ootd-2.1.3.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 14,536
Downloads Last Week 119
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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