Hi,Edit: below -> above
After having posted the provocative "scrap the calendar function in PB", I've reflected over my preferred use of a calendar function in PB.
YES, we need a calendar in PB! I just don't like it the way it is today. Why can't every hour/day/week/month/year be a thought? If we agree that we can have every time 'increment' presented to us as a thought, then why not in a tabular format, as thoughts? The step further into Project Management is obvious, and should be considered! This has been commented several times by myself and several other members of this community. I'm sure Harlan and his team have noted this request.
Outlook, is it good or evil? Yes, it is!
(Just to be clear, I'm using 'Outlook' as a general term for all PIMs)
We have to acknowledge that Outlook is virtually omnipresent (and therefore evil ), and we need to find ways to work with it, rather than fight it like Don Quijote and his windmills.
Outlook is a good piece of software that tries to be what PB is (and can be), but never will achieve. Building PB on top of the Outlook database is not the way to go because it is proprietary, although a form of sync function would be great! Or as Spacenexus suggests above, to link certain metadata from Outlook to PB.
Should email be sync'ed too? Yes, and no! Emails can be synced, but only to be linked to the Contacts and Calendar in PB. This is similar to Spacenexus suggestion. I don't want PB to be an email client, there are many other much better packages that can do that. But I would like to choose contacts in PB and send mass emails to them. (This is my biggest problem when using PB as a Contacts database)
By adding some form of back-end search function, metadata can be extracted and inserted into the PB database, such as time stamp of email sent or recieved, contacts sent to & recieving, contact names. The same information can be extracted from Calendar and Tasks. Using this data, PB could link all the information together and form a knowledge network presented in a slightly modified PB GUI we all know.
So what is my conclusion and vision of PB?
PB needs to encompass more metadata (due to the added presentation functionality), sync'ing and 'mashing', all presented slightly better. Since PB is (to me) a thought reservoar where ALL forms of software, files, and relationships are placed, I want to see the GUI taken a step closer to my analog brain, with relationship, time lines, and logical trains of thought. Technically speaking, I want front end (GUI) improvements with the necessary back-end additions.
I guess I just reiterated what Spacenexus wrote above, but in more detail, but I just wanted to clarify my position on the Calender issue.