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Microsoft loses one more consumerisation battle

I’ve made a post before about how I think the Windows Live Outlook Connector is inferior to what Microsoft was doing before, to connect Outlook to Hotmail. I’ve stumbled across one more scenario: Tasks.

Tasks are part of Outlook. There items that you can use to track real life tasks. I use them as reminders for things that I find myself having trouble remembering off the top of my head. The user experience with tasks in Windows Mobile 6.1 (and earlier) is sub par. I can see Tasks as being a great way to share responsibilities among a group of people. So today I thought I’d experiment in doing just that.

When I was running errands today Amanda wanted me to pick up butter. I’m sure we all know about the stereo type of a man going to the store and then forgetting to get what his wife sent him there to get. At the time Amanda was on the laptop, so I had her go to Outlook, create a task and assign it to me (through my hotmail account). I then check on my phone, and my phone doesn’t recognize that the email is of a special type, and create a task in my task list. It just shows the email. Less than ideal, but honestly it’s what I was expecting. Then I check my Outlook. Here’s where I became disappointed. Outlook recognized the Task item and had “Accept” and “Decline” buttons. When I click on Accept, and error message pops up. Before Microsoft forced me to use the Outlook Live Connector, this worked. Now it doesn’t.

Microsoft shouldn’t create two products, one for enterprise and one for consumers. It needs to create one product and then push down the previous generation to consumers.

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