Give your Outlook a boost using smart add-on tools

Because HR professionals work on a computer much of the day, Outlook is the workhorse that typically keeps their wheels moving. But what if you could add some power to those wheels?

PC World recently published a list of downloads that can help “power up” your Outlook. Here are a few—for yourself or all your em­­­­ployees—to help integrate social net­­­­working, control spam, slow the email overload, track and sync email, zip attach­­ments, alert you to incoming email and forward URLs:

1. Microsoft Outlook Social Connector,, allows you to synchronize the latest updates on Facebook and LinkedIn right in Outlook. Free.

2. Xobni,, also integrates Facebook and LinkedIn updates, plus it includes Twitter. You view tweets only when you’re in contact with that person in Outlook. Free.

3. Twinbox,, integrates Twitter into Outlook and manages multiple accounts. Free.

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4. Spamfighter Pro,, moves that junk mail to a spam folder before it ever reaches your inbox. Cost: $29.

5. Mailwasher Free,, also checks for spam and kills it. Free.

6. Xiant Filer,, ana­­lyzes how you file email and then rec­om­mends the folders where you should store your messages. Instantly send email to a folder with a single click. Cost: $20; 30-day free trial.

7. Single Click Filing,, makes filing as easy as pressing the backspace key. You put shortcuts to Outlook folders in a toolbar across the top of Outlook. Cost: $10.

8. Zendio,, automatically notifies you when your email has been read and whether people click the links you send in email. Cost: $10 per month; 30-day free trial.

9. Companion Link,, syncs contacts, calendars, with Gmail or Google Calendar. Cost: $50; 14-day free trial.

10. Email This,, allows you to share website links. Free.