By Deane Barker on October 2, 2009

A friend called me the other day and asked to sit through a software demo for a new company.  I get these requests all the time, but I really trust this guy so I agreed.  I’m glad I did, because it blew my mind a little.

Go watch this video for Liaise.  This is an Outlook add-in (for now – there are integration plans for other platforms) that analyzes what you write in an email in real-time and creates tasks and follow-up items based on.

So, if you email Bob and say:

I need you to send me the tickets for the concert next Tuesday.

Liaise will – while you’re typing – create a task called “Send concert tickets,” assign it to Bob (the Bob you were emailing, because it recognizes the pronoun “you”), and put a due date on it by next Tuesday.  It’s really remarkable.

Go watch the video.  I was crazy impressed, and I get more and more cynical every day.

At the end of the day, my only reaction to these guys was, “You are so gonna get acquired…”  Seriously – Microsoft is going to snap these guys up in a heartbeat.  It’s that cool.



  1. Hate to be the fun hater here, but Google I’m pretty sure already did it. But I agree, this is pretty dang sweet! I remember when I first saw it I had one of those…”I didn’t even know I wanted that, but now I do!” kind of moments.

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