Hummmm... Thank you very much mitch_c. I'll check that one out and modify my first post. [Edit : actually, yes, it is a deal if you plan on sharing it with team members. (
I wonder how the company controls that?
OK, I got it.). Still expensive if you're buying it only for yourself.]
And Welcome to Donationcoder!
It looks like you have two distinct areas of need. On one hand you cited a number of planning tools like MS Project. On the other hand you mention a specific need for managing a set of current tasks through Outlook.
The reason why project planning tools are also mentioned is that I'm looking for a way to integrate my Ootlook task management with my project management
. Like I said, I'd rather have only one set of tasks and not two, and I'd rather have my Outlook tasks working well with my project management software.
For Outlook-integrated task management, I'd suggest looking at Zoot (http://www.zootsoftware.com/). This organizer is in many ways a successor to Ecco in the way that it allows a grid view of data. It allows hierarchical folders for your items, and you can define rules determining how things are placed into folders automatically (and in fact things can be in multiple folders, and can be allocated there dynamically!).
The biggest criticism of Zoot is that it's a 16-bit, text-only application. However, there's currently a public beta of a 32-bit port, and my understanding is that once its ported, rich text support will be the next feature added.
I wasn't aware that Zoot could help managing Outlook tasks. I must say that I haven't trialed zoot that much since the 16-bit version wouldn't work properly on my system. Hence, I'm still waiting for the 32-bit version -- shouldn't it be out soon? I think I'll just try the public beta
since you mentionned it ! Thanks!