Andre’s last e-mail looks very helpful, thanks, I’ll try that. But to answer your questions irishstu. . .
I’m willing to carry the laptop sometimes, particularly if I’ll be gone for a whole week and the only way I can access my office emails in Outlook is through my laptop. But dragging the laptop around can be a drag sometimes and I’d just as soon leave it behind if I could access my office Outlook on a hotel’s computer or family/friend’s computer, but that’s so far been impossible.
No. If I’m out of the office for a few days I feel an obligation to check my incoming emails and send a few responses, especially if I have no Out of Office function and people who write to me expect that I’ve received their messages.
Presently, with my screwed up system, I have to communicate with my secretary by phone, fax and Hotmail, ask her to check my emails and send me anything important. It’s not only a pain in the ass, but it’s embarassing telling clients sorry I can’t access your emails on the road (when people I deal with are available 24/7 by Blackberry), then having to write back to them with Hotmail, as if I were in cybercafe on Khao San Rd.
Just Out of Office assistant would be a compromise I could live with, though I’d prefer having access to Outlook from other computers. Several of you have given me good comments and suggestions. Thanks, I’ll follow up on them.
EDIT: Ok, I couldn’t do Andre’s last suggestion: Tools>Services>Select Acct>Properties>Advanced>Delivery, etc.,
BUT I did succeed in setting up a rule so my office emails are automatically forwarded to my Hotmail account, and found that it’s easy to turn on and off the rule. Yes it’s a hokey solution and I’ll still have to reply to clients via Hotmail, but at least I can now receive my emails (and spam) on the road without the laptop. Thanks.