Concerning Mark's comments during the 45-minute meeting cast, there is a way to change the default meeting duration in Outlook, albeit a bit clunky. You do this by switching to day or week view and right-clicking the hourly increments on the left. Then you can choose from a list of how many time increments show on your calendar view. Unfortunately there is no choice for 45 minutes. I keep mine at 30 minutes and when I create a new meeting or appointment it's always 30 minutes long unless I change it. Maybe the next logical comment is to say "anything you can get done in a 45-minute meeting you can do in 30 minutes!" Or maybe someone can figure out how to add 45 minutes as an option through a registry tweak. I do find that I'm able to have a lot of good meetings in 30 minutes (2 topics plus a welcome/purpose).