The Outlook add-in for fighting information overload, ClearContext, has just been upgraded to a new version, v5.1, a release that comes with several new features for inbox management. In the latest version, the ClearContext Dashboard has now been replaced with a sidebar that sits inside the inbox and from here, your current projects and to-do list items are prominently featured. There’s even a brand-new Task Organizer tool that lets you review and edit your tasks in bulk.
The Task Organizer lets you change the due date on tasks, manage and view all tasks, and when the sidebar is closed, it will pop up reminders when you have overdue items.
In the new sidebar, you can also view the status of your projects, pin the most important projects for quick access, edit and create new tasks right in the sidebar and filter tasks by date, category, priority or other options.
The sidebar features a “Project” tab as well which you can switch to in order to gain access to your project list and its associated tasks, files and contacts. Here, you can add free-form notes to projects, move and rename projects and quickly jump from this tab directly to the associated email folder for that particular projects.
As always, ClearContext still helps with filtering your barrage of incoming email with its automatic filing and organizational features, including the great option to automatically file entire email threads from the inbox. it also lets you quickly turn emails into appointments or tasks, automatically reminds you to follow up on sent email you need a reply on, offers Do Not Disturb and Autosign features and a lot more.