3 months on: The key difference between Outlook and Notes email

thumb_white.gifHaving used Notes as a mail client for more years than I care to remember I think I am well placed to judge the end user perception of the key differences between using Outlook and Notes as mail client.

Joining Microsoft after so many years as a Lotus partner was always going to be a shock to the system and in particular having to ‘let go’ of Notes mail.
First of all let me say that I am only speaking of email, for pure collaboration I am using Groove extensively and for on-line collaborative, SharePoint is my daily tool. 
But what of the email. For 99% of the world messaing breaksdown into the following key tasks
  • Composing
  • Addressing
  • Reading
  • Filing 
  • Managing Appointments
  • Managing Meetings
  • Managing Contacts
  • Accessing the Corporate Directory
I am sure individuals have other tasks that are more important to them than those I have listed here but I suspect the above are the key components that most users care about.
The Key Difference
I have observed myself using Outlook for a short while looking for the things I get wrong when using the UI and frankly there has only been one issue that had cause me any grief.
The semi-colon (;), yes that it, when addressing names the default separator of a ‘;’ used to be a ‘,’ in Notes. My typeing (rubbish as it is) has an automatic desire to