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DS Development SRL has released Bells and Whistles version 5, an Outlook productivity add-in designed to help users compose emails faster while reducing the annoyances of day- to-day email tasks.

Version 5 introduces Email Metrics for Outlook, a reports feature designed to generate customized email statistics showing the email traffic volume per email account, send and receive peak times, average email response times, average number of words per email, popular email keywords and recipients. Users can take advantage of the gathered data and understand how to maximize their email efficiency using the Bells and Whistles core productivity tools. Reports can be saved or shared by email or on Facebook.

In addition, Bells and Whistles v5 brings a new feature called Email to Task, allowing users to create an Outlook task from an Inbox email, with a single click. Since emails are widely used as a task management system, the Email to Task feature fits naturally in the Outlook interface, creating a bridge between emails and Outlook Tasks. Unlike the Outlook built-in Flag feature that only adds a task reminder to an Inbox email, the Bells and Whistles feature actually creates a regular Outlook task, using the email subject and content as task properties that can be later edited or assigned to other Outlook Tasks users.

Other new features include a search function for Bells and Whistles email notes, the option to automatically exclude your own email accounts when replying or forwarding a message with multiple recipients and the ability to mark unread emails as read, if a predefined period of time has passed since the emails were received. Bells and Whistles v5 also includes full support for Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 (both x32 and x64) and a revamped interface (matching the Microsoft Office 2013 / Windows 8 design style).

For over 9 years, Bells and Whistles improves the way users handle Outlook emails, by automating repetitive email tasks, such as writing greetings, signatures or disclaimers. Email options, alerts and email format styles can also be applied automatically, based on various rules, thus reducing the time spent composing and formatting each email.

Bells and Whistles for Outlook is available directly from DS Development SRL at An electronic-only version with complete manual and tutorials costs $29.95 (US). Site licenses are available. Bells and Whistles v5.0 runs under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (x32 or x64) and it supports Microsoft Office Outlook 2000 or higher, including Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 on both the 32 and 64-bit versions.

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Founded in 1998, DS Development SRL creates productivity related software for Microsoft Windows and mobile platforms.

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Date:Jul 1, 2013

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