My wife’s a Business Intelligence (sic) consultant, writing reports on hideously complicated databases. As is the way of things, she does reports for different customers and projects. The difficulty lies in getting across the idea that when working for customer X, she’s not available to fire-fight problems for customer Y. So she responds to emails, saying “I’m sorry, my next availability to look at your problem is on <date>”, where <date> is found by looking in her diary for the next free day.
Assuming that you’re using Outlook as both email client and calendar, is it possible to generate such replies automatically? Presumably incoming emails (with certain properties, say Senders) can be detected using Rules, and a reply sent. But can we intercept the rule-processing, and insert information derived from the Calendar (or indeed elsewhere) into the reply message?
Having not done a lot with Outlook (compared with Excel and Access), I have no idea at this stage, but I’ll investigate, and report back. Obviously, if anyone out there has done this already, let me know!