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Chapter 8. Tasks > Task Assignment

Task Assignment

8.10. What Is a Task Request?

Outlook provides you with the capability to assign tasks to other people and to track the progress of these tasks, as well as keep information regarding the time spent by different people on particular tasks. Delegating tasks to others can free up time for you, enabling you to concentrate on more important things, and it can help ensure that the task or job is being done by the most suitable person. This feature essentially hands you impressive task- and project-management capabilities, all of which are integrated with Outlook e-mail and the other Outlook features.

A task request is the mechanism by which you assign tasks to others. It is essentially an e-mail that details the task and requests that the recipient or recipients accept the task. When a person accepts a task that you have assigned to him or her, that person becomes the owner of that task and has the sole capability to modify and update that particular task. However, you still retain a copy of the task, and any updates that the owner makes to the task are automatically circulated to all copies of that task, including yours.


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