After reading Michael Gartenberg’s blog at Jupiter Research, we’d like to revisit the ClearContext vs. Outlook rules discussion. At
first blush it could appear that ClearContext simply repackages some
basic Outlook rules. This understates ClearContext’s
prioritization algorithm and email management
functionality. Outlook rules are effective at doing fixed,
pre-defined actions on individual message criteria, such as flagging
email from your boss. In contrast, ClearContext scores all
incoming messages on multiple priority levels; based on criteria
developed from your email history and contacts, accounting for
individual preferences and exceptions. In addition,
ClearContext’s conversation management functionality
makes it easy to organize, categorize, and archive email threads once you receive
them, greatly reducing the time required to process email.
For a more detailed analysis, please see our weblog post ClearContext vs. Outlook Rules.