I'll write that contact management is not in Outlook.
But BEWARE using Act in a shared database mode. Unless you have some version that can link to a MySQL (or other SQL) database, you will suffer.
At least someone told you.
We are considering ACT! for our database/contact needs. Someone suggested that, since we already have Microsoft Outlook in place, we could utilize Outlook to perform the same functions as ACT! I am trying to find a good comparison between the two programs, but so far I'm not having much success. Does anyone know where I can find such a comparison (preferably non-biased)? Or is there someone who is familiar enough with the features of these programs to advise us? We have several very large databases that we need to contact by specific groupings; the groupings may be different each time including by name, category, date, geographical area, amount, etc..