Ewan @ The Electric Wand has posted up a fantastic-looking piece of software called “Thread Compressor”.
The basics are simple. It scans your Outlook folders and looks for email that is “threaded” (that is email you have recieved then replied and then recieved further correspondence for. Because these emails are basically duplicated information, it “cleans up” and removes any unnessecary emails that it considers un-needed.
My explanation is pants in terms of how decent it looks, however let me give an example.
Bob emails Anne saying “Hi, fancy lunch”.
Anne emails back saying “Not today, how about tomorrow?”
Bob replies saying “Sure, Tomorrow is ok. Give me a call.”
Anne replies “Ok, speak to you then”.
Because everytime Bob or Anne has replied, their previous email’s are included, Thread Compressor will clean this up so that all Bob (and Anne) ends up with is the latest email from this transcript, deleting the rest away.
It is to be used with caution (as the website suggests), and I will probably give it a blast on a less-important mailbox before I hit the monster that is my main inbox, but I thought I would stick it up 🙂