Categories of contacts.
Create a drop-down list of categories in a contact's card to assign it to a category.
Categories would be incredibly good when using contacts and calendar appts. I know there are a couple for contacts but not nearly enough to make it user friendly with all that I use my contact for and I am a home user so I can imagine that businesses would applaud greater access to categorising.
I've been using Outlook for 20+ years but the contacts side of things has barely changed and it's woefully behind implementing some really smart ideas that are commonplace in other apps.. The issue of categories is particularly important.
In looking at other online contacts management solutions, the category field actually drives the entire contacts experience. Except other programs call categories "tags". And it's a brilliant way to organize what can become hundreds or in my case, thousands of contacts.
The tragic thing is, there are very few views in Outlook that even allow you to display the category field which is a massive lost opportunity. If you think about how many contacts a person has, don't you recognize how important it is to be able to organize this information by category (tag)? Let's say you have 1000 contacts and you're looking for a specific lawyer in your contacts database. You don't want to look up his name because you may not even remember it. You may need to quickly lookthrough ALL the lawyers in your contacts database, but how to do this in Outlook currently (and quickly)? You can't!
Every single contacts viewing option in Outlook (people, list, business cards, phone) needs the option to SORT and DISPLAY the category tag.
People don't find contacts by looking up their name anymore. That's 20 year old thinking. They use TAGS. Or in Outlook parlance, categories. Please redesign the Outlook people database to be driven by a category first viewing option, or at least design it so that it's easily changeable.
In addition, a categories window should always be visible on screen when looking at contacts.. This way I can select "Lawyers" and "Friends" to show only the lawyers I know that I've also labelled in my friends category. It changes your contacts database from being just a list, to something far more useful in everyday situations. Thank you!
And allow full customization of categories--- this is very easy in Gmail!!
SIM YANG OOI commented
I need Category feature to separate friends from customers. Now, I have no choice but to use Gmail which provide the category feature(Group). I need this feature urgently, so that I can input contact directly from my handphone. SOS
Yves Desvaux commented
Classer les contacts par catégorie
Sort contacts by category
J'utilisais auparavant Windows Live Mail 2011, et mes contacts étaient classés par catégories, ce qui me permettait d'envoyer des mails groupés facilement, selon les groupes de personnes concernées par tel ou tel message. Je ne retrouve plus cette fonction "catégorie" dans Outlook d'Office 365. De plus, dans une version plus ancienne (Outlook express) chaque contact affichait la catégorie à laquelle il appartenait, ce qui permettait de s'assurer facilement qu'il était bien classé. Retrouver ces deux fonctionnalités qui semblent avoir disparu serait une bonne idée.
I used Windows Live Mail 2011 before, and my contacts were sorted by category, which allowed me to send grouped mails easily, depending on the groups of people involved in this or that message. I can not find this "category" function in Outlook of Office 365. In addition, in an older version (Outlook Express) each contact displayed the category to which it belonged, which made it easy to make sure that it was well ranked. Finding these two features that seem to have disappeared would be a good idea.
Provide a "tag" button for each contact which we can customise. This way when we forget the name of someone (happens all the time) you can search via tags.
In same vein, have a "linked to" button on each contact. Again, if you know X introduced you to someone, but you cannot recall that persons name, you can find X and see all the links. This is much more in keeping with how our brain works.
Lastly, every piece of content in Contacts should be "searchable" not just the name at present.
Jackaroo in Marietta commented
We need more categories to allow calendar categories that are not related to people.
Ivo Santangeletta commented
categories available from different account