Book Review: “Microsoft Outlook 2010 Plain & Simple”
“Microsoft Outlook 2010 Plain & Simple,” written by Jim Boyce, provides a comprehensive, colorful, and easy-to-follow guide to Outlook. The majority of tasks that this book covers could easily be figured out with a bit of trial-and-error or a quick Google search, but this book provides an easy alternative that less tech-savvy people might find comforting. While I did learn some new things about Outlook 2010 when reading through (particularly about its new features in chapter 2: “What’s new in Outlook 2010?”), I found the steps and pictures to be a bit simplistic. Then again, this book is likely not aimed at the IT professional; on page 1, it states that “no computerspeak” will be used. However, the little Tip boxes frequently contained helpful hints and warnings. Another major strength of the book was the layout of the instructions. Each task that the book demonstrates is accompanied by carefully labeled screenshots. In addition, Boyce provides multiple methods to accomplish a given task (whenever possible). Thus, if one approach is not working, this book will probably have another. Overall, this book provides exactly what it states in the title: a plain and simple guide. While not particularly suited for IT professionals, it could be a valuable resource in the hands of a small business owner who wants to get the most out of Outlook 2010.