I made a funny new discovery, when I had to fix some program associations in the “Set Associations Control Panel” in Windows Vista at work. There are two new tools that are provided with Vista, called “Windows Mail” (German version) and “Windows Calendar” (German version).
“Windows Mail” was disabled by GPO at work as we use “Outlook”. But I was curious, so at home I asked my girlfriend to show me that tools (she has a Vista that was preinstalled on her Laptop – and she wouldn’t trade it for a nice neat Linux 😦 ). Interestingly both tools, “Windows Mail” and “Windows Calendar” looked pretty familiar to me.
It looks pretty much like the tools in Apples Mac OS X (Company’s website), called “iCal” and “Mail”. So I just wandered about the integration of these tools – are they really a copy of Mac OS X tools? Do the new Microsoft tools work so neatly together as in Mac OS X? Which is the actual power of these tools – each individual tool isn’t that of a great invention – there would be better alternatives for each – but they unfold their power when working together