Microsoft Announces Outlook 98 Now Available for Free Download

Microsoft Announces Outlook 98 Now Available for Free Download

REDMOND, Wash., March 23, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the final shipping version of Microsoft® Outlook
98 messaging and collaboration client is now available for free download from the Web at (connect-time charges may apply). Outlook is Microsoft’s premier messaging and collaboration client for Internet-based messaging servers, including Microsoft Exchange, and a member of the leading desktop productivity suite family, Microsoft Office.

During the public beta process, Outlook garnered praise from reviewers and beta testers for its integration of Internet e-mail and information management capabilities.
“Since I have had Outlook 98, I have had more control over my e-mail, my appointments and my contacts than ever,”
said Dan McGinley, an Outlook beta tester.
“Our company has offices in California and New York, and my home office is in New Jersey. Outlook 98 is powerful and flexible enough so that I feel as though I am in the same building with people who are scattered across the country.”

Outlook 98 is being made available for free Web download as part of a limited-time promotion that will end on June 30, 1998.
“We’re excited to see such positive reaction from individuals and organizations that are discovering the power Outlook offers with its great Internet e-mail integrated with contact, calendaring and task management capabilities,”
said George Meng, group product manager for Outlook at Microsoft.

Outlook 98 is unmatched by

any other product available today, and coupling that fact with our free promotion, our goal is to give customers every reason to try the product.

In addition, customers can obtain a copy of Microsoft Outlook 98 on a CD packaged with the following publications from Microsoft Press:
“Running Microsoft Outlook 98,” “Microsoft Outlook 98 Step by Step,” “Running Microsoft Office 97, Updated Edition”
“Building Applications with Microsoft Outlook 98.”

Outlook 98 will also include Symantec Corp.’s WinFax Starter Edition fax software for integrated fax capabilities. In addition to the Symantec integration, approximately 50 third-party software vendors now offer add-on products to work with Outlook. A list and short description of the growing number of vendors can be found on the Outlook Web site at .

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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