Mail Call

A Different Outlook

The Microsoft Outlook 98 e-mail program is combined with a personal information manager, which includes a contact database, a calendar and a task list. A version of Outlook is bundled with Microsoft Office 97, a business software suite; however, you can upgrade to Outlook 98 for free at You also can buy Outlook 98 separately for around $100.

Outlook Express, the mail component of Internet Explorer, is similar to Outlook; one useful feature of both is "stationery," a template you create using boilerplate text so you don't have to retype frequently-sent messages. However, both lack some of Messenger's advanced options.

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This article was originally published in the October 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Mail Call.

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