I will tell you that this is being created for many reasons but the main drivers for this currently are:
- No HTML email option. All emails look icky .(technical term!)
- Users have multiple email accounts for security reasons.
Currently in my environment, I have to use Visual Studio 2008 to create solutions and I also have to use VSEWSS. I unlike most, however, actually like this set as it was just easy for me to pick it up and use. So what I did was create an empty SharePoint solution and went from there. As I am putting the functions in a jQuery plugin, you would not be required to deploy a solution per se, but there is a css file, and some images. My solution also deploys two lists. One to hold the messages and one to hold message categories. Fairly simple solution and I hope to have it up on Codeplex soon.
Enough Talk Let's Have Some Screenshots!
When I activate the feature the jquery plugin is loaded via an ascx control into the masterpage. This is not the only way to do it, just how I did it. It adds an option to ECB menus and to all the "Actions" menus for list/library views and looks like this:
After clicking this, it will open a popup dialog that looks like this:
Of course, you could change this, but why would you want to ;-)
This is just the beginning and I hope it is well received. Please feel free to provide feedback of any kind!