Today is October 5, 2010. NJ, where I’ve been living since the beginning of the year, is just recovering from torrential rains. But I’ve seen nary a cloud these last few days.
That’s because right now, I’m spending my time in Ajijic, a small Mexican town on the shore of Lake Chapala. It is a beautiful place, with perfect weather this time of year. Much more rural than I’m used to, with the roosters crowing, dogs barking, and cowboys riding down the street on horses. Yet at the same time, little has changed.
Outlook 2010 is a big part of the reason my life hasn’t changed so much despite going from an apartment in NJ to a house in a Mexican village. I have Outlook hooked up to an “Exchange Server in the Sky,” (a hosted Exchange account) that Outlook connects to across the Internet. Aside from a slight delay sometimes due to a slower Internet connection here, my main email account works just like it did back in NJ.
My copy of Outlook 2010 is also hooked up to a bunch of web-based email services like Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail. These too work just as well here as they do back in the States. As a result, in my first few days here, I found myself looking up from my work and saying, “Holy #$%^! I’m in Mexico right now. I had much the same experience last year, when for a while I lived in a log cabin in the woods in New Hampshire.
What does all this mean to you? That depends.
If your use of Outlook 2010 is confined to your desk at the office, then being able to use Outlook wherever you are in the world means little. But if you are one of the mobile folks, or aspire to become one, I hope that knowing Outlook 2010 can provide you with your familiar work environment anywhere you have Internet access provides a little comfort.