REDMOND, Wash., May 24, 2001 — In this fast-paced world, the average person spends almost two hours each day poring through their e-mail and calendar, making it challenging to access and communicate with others effectively. With the new Microsoft® Outlook® 2002 messaging and collaboration client, Exchange Server customers get the newest release so they can better manage their e-mail and personal information, while making it easier to share and create information with others.
Outlook 2002 includes usability, productivity and performance improvements. The design goal was to make working with e-mail, tasks, contacts and appointments more intuitive without requiring people to learn new ways of accomplishing their tasks or spend time searching for new tools. Exchange customers receive features unique to Exchange, such as improvements to search, calendaring and remote usage.
Built-in content indexing and searching. All content in Exchange 2000, including messages, stand-alone documents, contacts, tasks, calendar items and collaboration data, can be indexed. Search results are returned extremely quickly so productivity is increased.
Mailbox management. Exchange customers can be notified automatically when they should allow the new easy-to-use wizard to assist them in determining mailbox size, finding old items to delete, auto-archiving messages and emptying recycle bins.
Improved calendaring. Exchange users now have the option of proposing a new meeting time rather than just declining a meeting request. Furthermore, Exchange users can make group schedules and see the free and busy times of each meeting attendee before suggesting a new meeting time.
Online/offline performance. Offline synchronization over a slow connection is now faster. In addition, users who frequently attach to the Exchange Server over a slow connection can now easily specify that Outlook 2002 never automatically synchronize during an online session.
Instant Messaging. New integration with Exchange 2000 Server’s instant messaging service enriches the communication options for Outlook 2002 users.
Outlook 2002 is available in all Office XP suites. Exchange 2000 customers will also receive Outlook 2002 when Exchange 2000 Service Pack 1 ships in mid-2001.
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