I use tasks extensively.
I use custom fields and I use: Grouping, Sorting, Conditional Formatting, and Filtering, to customize my task lists.
Grouping, Sorting, Conditional Formatting, and Filtering are usually available by right clicking on the column headers and selecting View Settings in...
I love Outlook Tasks.
I customize the list view all sorts of ways to suit my needs and run it alongside my calendar to great effect.
The only thing that has continued to bug me in not being able to edit in the reading pane - is there still no solution to this?
And now a new desire...