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One of the hardest things I have had to keep track of is the family calendar. Not because of my daughter’s activities, but because my husband wouldn’t give me the information, except in side comments usually made when I was half-asleep.
(You know the type…you have just woken and your dear spouse mumbles something about having to be somewhere in three weeks.)
I tried everything. I asked for hard copies. I asked for him to write his activities on the family calendar. I even wrote an Outlook macro that would send his calendar to me with the push of two keys. Nothing worked.
The New Computer
Most new computers come pre-installed with a lot of
crap useless software. My first step on setting up a new computer is to uninstall software.
When I got my new laptop, I starting uninstalling things. There was a bunch of new stuff on there from Microsoft that looked like it might hold promise to replace some software I had had to abandon because of the switch to Windows 7. Sitting next to these shortcuts was a program called Cozi that I assumed was part of the Microsoft Suite, so I didn’t uninstall it.
Tryiing The New Software
After trying out most of these pre-installed programs, I ran Cozi. My first impression was that it was another calendar program. Yawn. But then I clicked and read something interesting…
It has a plugin that automatically syncs Outlook with the shared calendars. And best of all, it actually worked.
Not only could I see my husband’s calendar, I could actually make adjustments to it.
I felt like I had found the pot of gold.
Not Crazy About Everythiing…
So I’m not crazy about everything on this program. I am not sure who has access to our data, and it is filled with ads. The first objection is combatted, to a certain extent, by our habits of making cryptic notations on our calendars. The second I guess I could ignore.
What Else Is Out There?
It occured to me that I cannot be the only person who has this problem. So I thought I would throw it to you, the readers, to get suggestions.
Do you know of any software that automatically hooks to Outlook but has dependable security and no ads? Let me know.
Photo by tanakawho
I have no affiliation with Cozi and I was not asked to provide a review of the product.