Imagine this. The full, awesome power of the SalesLogix Mobile client, embedded in Outlook that shows the matching contact from the context of the currently selected e-mail in Outlook. Pretty awesome thought, right? Well, it's an idea that I have in the works, and not all that far off.
Take a look. Be sure to click on the image to see it full size.
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So, what exactly are we looking at here? This is Chromium, the open source browser code behind Google Chrome, embedded in an Outlook addin. It hosts the SalesLogix Mobile client, in all it's HTML5 goodness, and then attempts to set context based on the currently selected e-mail. It uses SData to locate the matching contact for the selected e-mail address and then uses the matching ContactID value to *attempt* to set that context in the embedded mobile client. I say *attempt* because there are some issues with setting context to a specific record in the mobile client in the current builds.
It goes without saying how highly flexible this would be. You can customize the mobile client and then your customizations would be available in Outlook as well, all in context to the currently selected e-mail.
As I mentioned, there is still a ton of work before this sees the light of day, but for now, I'm excited enough about this that I thought it was worth sharing a sneak peek.