Microsoft Outlook 98 – Over One Million Strong and Growing

Microsoft Outlook 98 – Over One Million Strong and Growing

REDMOND, Wash., May 26, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that within two months of its introduction, more than 1 million PC users have actively obtained the Microsoft® Outlook
98 messaging and collaboration client for Internet-based messaging servers, including Microsoft Exchange. Outlook is also a member of the leading desktop productivity suite family, Microsoft Office. Currently a new copy of Outlook 98 is downloaded every few seconds. Customer adoption is expected to further accelerate as organizations begin migrating the more than 13 million existing Exchange Server clients to Outlook 98. Outlook 98 is available for free download from until June 30, 1998 (connect-time charges may apply).

Since its debut, Outlook 98 has received broad acclaim from customers and industry publications for its leading standards support for Internet e-mail, which is tightly integrated with contact, calendar and task management capabilities. In addition to garnering numerous positive reviews, Outlook 98 was recently awarded
“Editors’ Choice”
from both PC Magazine and CNET. Outlook 98 beat out the competition, including Netscape Messenger and Qualcomm Eudora, with PC Magazine declaring that Outlook 98

is setting a new standard for Internet
and CNET stating that it
“tops the Internet e-mail class.”

“Our goal with Outlook 98 was to take e-mail to the next level by providing an incredibly powerful combination of great Internet e-mail support and integrated information management,”
said George Meng, group product manager, Microsoft Office.
“From the incredible number of downloads that we’ve already experienced and numerous rave reviews, it’s exciting to see confirmation that we’re delivering on that goal.”

Outlook 98 is also receiving tremendous interest and support from the hardware industry. Hewlett-Packard Co. announced earlier this month that it would launch a set of global initiatives to support both Microsoft Exchange Server as well as the Outlook client for enterprise customers. Also, Dell Computer Corp., Gateway 2000 Inc., Micron Electronics Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., NEC Corp., Toshiba and Sony have all committed recently to packaging Outlook 98 on selected shipping units of their products. Beginning later this year, Casio Computer Corp., Compaq, Everex Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Ltd., LG Electronics Inc., NEC, Philips Electronics, Novatel Wireless Inc. and Sharp Corp. will offer a special limited-time free Outlook 98 CD promotion with their Handheld and Palm-sized PCs powered by the Microsoft Windows® CE operating system 2.0.

Outlook 98 is also available through several promotional offers. The June issue of PC Computing magazine is already available on newsstands and includes a free CD containing Microsoft Outlook 98. Microsoft Press offers a complimentary Outlook 98 CD with purchase of the following titles:
“Running Microsoft Outlook 98,” “Microsoft Outlook 98 Step-by-Step,” “Running Microsoft Office 97 Updated Edition”
“Building Applications with Microsoft Outlook 98.”
After just a few weeks of the promotion’s introduction, all four of these titles are heading for reprint, which will bring the total number of books in print about Outlook 98 to more than 300,000.

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) 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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