If you use Calendar and Task features of Outlook, there is no way to view your schedules without opening the Outlook 2010. To save your precious time from launching Outlook, here is a little program which always displays Calendar & Tasks items on you desktop without opening Outlook.
The little program called DeskTask syncs with Outlook and displays both Calendar and Tasks items on the desktop. Besides, it can also display the To-do list (Folder Tasks).
You can change the background of the display color according to your desktop or can be set to transparent. By default, the display is positioned on the left side of the desktop; you can drag and place it anywhere on the screen.