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More than skin deepOutlook 2007 beta 2 may be a more convenient tool for communications and time management than its 2003 ancestor. Microsoft is aiming for this new e-mail app to resolve some longstanding bugaboos. These vary from small changes, such as the ability to color-code messages, to interface renovations that display to-do lists and calendar items in one place.
Overall, the main interface of Outlook 2007 beta 2 looks largely the same as version 2003's, without a top-heavy Ribbon of features being applied to the rest of the Office 2007 system. The most noticeable change is the To-Do bar along the right edge of the screen, which users can hide or expand for a small summary of latest appointments and chores.