To-do bar of Outlook 2007
I am not a big fan of Microsoft Outlook. When I was using Windows computer, I used to have Outlook Express, because this light-weight tool provides all the functionalities I need: Sending and receiving emails. The calendar of Outlook takes long time to load (on my humble machine), and I can't stick into using it.
It's simple: I don't have confidence on it, so I can't check it every day, so I can't use it.
Last week I started using Outlook 2007, and I found the To-Do bar was so useful that I can actually use it seriously!
This bar includes a mini calendar and shows 3 (configurable) incoming events. Below that, pending tasks are shown. You can either type in your task quickly and mark it "Tomorrow", or flag the email you received. The tasks will always be there, until you fulfill it and check it off. So it can be very helpful for people like me, who is always forgetful. It shows your pending task from calendar, email, and manual input task in one window.
I don't see such a bar in Evolution yet. The evolution email client can group the topics together: You can see the conversation in a tree-like structure. I like this very much. I might start building such a plugin, if I have nothing better to do.