I’ve been using Outlook for several years now and have become quite used to it’s features. However, with the desire to move to free software for personal use, it was imperative to look for an alternative. I had tried out EssentialPIM sometime last year and had found it quite good, so I decided to give it a try once again.

Essential PIM

EssentialPIM, as the name suggests, is a Personal Information Manager which allows you to organize your daily, weekly or monthly schedule. It has a contact manager and allows you to save notes. The schedule allows you to put up your appointments in different colors, and allows you to reschedule an appointment by dragging it to a new date/time. It can also export the schedule to HTML, RTF and other formats.

The interface is extremely easy to use and somewhat like Outlook. It also has a password protection feature so you can protect your database. There are options to import contacts, schedules, contacts, and notes from Outlook, WAB and CSV files.

Above all, this is freeware so there are no crib, though they do have a Pro version too. You can see the comparison here and download Essential PIM depending on your requirements.