Microsoft serves up two essential Internet programs with Office 98 Macintosh Edition: Internet Explorer 4.0 and Outlook Express. This version of Explorer is an upgrade to Microsoft's popular browser software. Not only does it contain features found in the Windows version, but it has been designed with the Macintosh in mind. Outlook Express is a completely new e-mail client for the Mac. A simple program without a lot of bells and whistles, it definitely fills the bill for most users' basic e-mail needs.
Also included with Office 98 is a folder full of extras. For example, you can add Microsoft Movie for augmenting presentations with a QuickTime movie, or you can choose one of the different Office Assistants to help you in your daily work. There are also additional fonts, clip art, tools and templates. It's a fun folder to rummage through once you're up to speed on Office's functions.
Even though I reviewed a beta version of Office 98, I only experienced one minor glitch--trying to open a document on the desktop froze the system. This could have been caused by a conflict in my system or a bug within Office 98 that will be addressed in the final version of the product.
I am certain Mac users, especially those who have suffered with an outdated version of Office, will be thrilled with Office 98 and its functionality. It's an upgrade well worth committing to.