A visitor to slipstick.com made this suggestion recently:
Windows Taskbar is ugly if you don't have it set to combine windows, but when you combine windows, it's really easy to miss the reminder dialog. There is an envelope in the System Tray when new email comes in. Why can't there be an indicator for a meeting that's about to occur?
While I'm not sure a meeting reminder in the tray will help that much (too many tray icons as it is and it won't show if the taskbar is on autohide), Outlook definitely needs a better reminder system.
An option for Exchange server or Outlook.com users is to set the account up in Windows Mail app, turning off sync for mail and contacts. Calendar reminders will use the Windows reminder system and display prominently in the corner of your screen, on top of any open programs. Unlike the orange flash on the Task Bar, it's hard to miss the Windows Calendar reminders.
You can even dock the calendar on the side of the screen and use it if you don't want to keep Outlook open.
This won't work for POP3 and IMAP accounts as Outlook's calendar won't sync to the Windows Calendar App.
To add the account to the Windows apps:
- Open the Calendar, click the Gear icon then choose Accounts.
- Click Add account.
- After you add the account, change the mailbox sync settings, turning off mail and contact sync.