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Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Dummies

📅 2018-Jul-05 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive

  For most of my life, email was managed in either one of the free email providers (Yahoo and later Gmail) or POP/IMAP that I pulled into a simple email client. So, when I had to work with Microsoft Outlook recently, I was completely lost. Outlook when combined with Exchange is a powerful tool that handles email, calendars, meetings, tasks and notes for individuals and organizations. Quite frankly I was lost in the complex GUI of Outlook and all its features.

To get a quick idea of what is possible in Outlook and how to use it I turned to a familiar friend: Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Dummies. People like to ridicule the Dummies series of books, but Dan Gookin and his kind made software accessible to a lot of people like me. Dummies books, especially by veteran Dummies authors, are funny and fun to read. Bill Dyszel thankfully is no different, having been the author of all editions of the Outlook Dummies books.

This book covered all the important applications of Outlook 2016, only missing out on the notes feature. Earlier chapters cover the basics of using a email client, which can be skipped. Later chapters got into what I was looking for: Outlook specific features, scheduling, tasks and features related to Exchange. On the way I learnt a lot of tips and tricks which I probably would not have discovered otherwise. The only gripe I have about this book are that there are no cartoons by Rich Tennant. This is an easy and fun read full of screenshots.

Rating: 4 ISBN: 9781119076889

Some of the Outlook features I learnt from this book: