Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Figure 2-4 The new Arrange by Conversation thread lets you organize
your messages by the topic of discussion, so you can easily see all
messages related to a certain online conversation.
A New Emphasis on Collaboration
Communication and collaboration are two keystones in the entire Office 2003
release. Collaborating on projects—whether you’re producing an annual report,
hosting a conference, putting together a presentation, designing a corporate
Web site, or developing a new product prototype—means that everyone
involved needs access to critical information, a way to get together to plan
strategy and discuss problems, and a method of making specific task assignments so
that each member of the team knows what to do.
This version of Outlook gives collaboration an entirely new focus.
Although past releases had support for group scheduling and online meetings,
Outlook 2003 includes the tools, functionality, and templates team leaders can
use so that their teams can communicate instantly, share ideas easily, and
organize and manage projects using simple, list-oriented Web-based tools.
Instant Messaging and Notifications
Instant messaging with Windows Messenger is spread far and wide throughout
Office 2003. Whenever you use a Contact name—in a Microsoft Office Word
document, an Excel spreadsheet, a PowerPoint slide, or in an Outlook message
header—a smart tag gives you the ability to contact that person directly from
the document you’re working in. For example, suppose that you’re in the
middle of setting up a product review meeting for this afternoon. It’s short notice,
and you’re not sure whether you should schedule it for today or tomorrow. You
open Calendar and take a look at the group schedule; when you position the
pointer over the team leader’s name, an instant messaging icon appears, telling
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