DEMO: Time for E-mail Without the Hassles

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- What's new with Microsoft Outlook? Not much, in serial entrepreneur Todd Miller's view, and that's the problem. He recalls being frustrated by how time-consuming it was to update contact information in Outlook when he was an active user back in 2001.

"It's pretty much the same now," he said here at the DEMO conference. If a sender doesn't include a vCard (a digital business card), fields like name, address and phone number have to be individually copy-and-pasted.

Enter Gwabbit, a $19.95 download for Outlook available from Miller's company, Technicopia. Gwabbit (sounds like "grab it") scans incoming e-mail, identifies contact info and moves it to Outlook's contact list. In Miller's demo, it took Gwabbit about five seconds to add a new contact from an e-mail, versus a minute and ten seconds to copy and paste individual fields. You can also click the Gwabbit button to scan older e-mails and update your list.

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