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Encyclopedia > Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Office Outlook

Screenshot of Outlook 2007.
Developer: Microsoft
Latest release: 12.0.6014.5000 / April 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows
Genre: Personal information manager
License: Proprietary EULA
Website: The Official Microsoft Outlook site

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Although often used mainly as an e-mail application, it also provides a calendar, task and contact management, note taking, a journal and web browsing. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... For other uses, see Calendar (disambiguation) A page from the Hindu calendar 1871–1872. ... Task manager on Windows XP A task manager is a program used to provide information about the processes and programs running on a computer, as well as the general status of the computer. ... Contact managers are programs that enable people to keep track of their associates and tasks. ... A mind map connects ideas together visually Notetaking is the practice of writing pieces of information, often in an informal or unstructured manner. ... This article is about the journal as a written medium. ...


It can be used as a stand-alone application, but can also operate in conjunction with Microsoft Exchange Server to provide enhanced functions for multiple users in an organization, such as shared mailboxes and calendars, public folders and meeting time allocation. Stand-alone is a confusing and misleading term, used to refer to various categories of computer programs, but rarely in a consistent fashion. ... Microsoft Exchange Server is a messaging and collaborative software product developed by Microsoft. ...

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Versions

Outlook replaced Microsoft's previous scheduling and mail program, Schedule+ and Exchange Client. Microsoft Schedule Plus (or Microsoft Schedule+) was a time management software product by Microsoft, but was discontinued as part of Office when its functionality was incorporated into Outlook 97. ... Microsoft Exchange Client is a multi-purpose messaging product useful for managing e-mail. ...


Versions of Microsoft Outlook include:

Outlook for MS-DOS bundled with Exchange Server 5.5
Outlook for Windows 3.x bundled with Exchange Server 5.5
Outlook for Macintosh bundled with Exchange Server 5.5
Outlook 97 (version 8.0) released January 16, 1997, also bundled with Exchange Server 5.5
Outlook 98 (version 8.5) released June 21, 1998
Outlook 2000 (version 9.0) released June 7, 1999, also bundled with Exchange 2000 Server
Outlook 2002 (version 10) included in Office XP released May 31, 2001
Office Outlook 2003 (version 11) released October 21, 2003, also bundled with Exchange Server 2003
Office Outlook 2007 (version 12) released November 30, 2006

(release dates are for U.S. product launches)
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The "Outlook Today" screen in Microsoft Outlook 2000.
The "Outlook Today" screen in Microsoft Outlook 2000.

Outlook 98 and Outlook 2000 could be installed in one of two configurations: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 577 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,024 × 738 pixels, file size: 35 KB, MIME type: image/png) This image is a screen shot of Outlook Today from Microsoft Outlook 2000 SR-1 SP3. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 577 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,024 × 738 pixels, file size: 35 KB, MIME type: image/png) This image is a screen shot of Outlook Today from Microsoft Outlook 2000 SR-1 SP3. ...

  • Internet Mail Only or IMO mode: A lighter application mode with specific emphasis on POP3 accounts and IMAP accounts and including a lightweight Fax application.

Microsoft also released several versions of Outlook for the Apple Macintosh; however, most mail features were disabled after Office 98. After Office 98, Entourage replaced Outlook on Macintosh systems, although in 2001 Microsoft released Outlook 2001 for Mac to allow Classic users to access Exchange servers. Over the past few years, Microsoft has improved Entourage to provide Mac users with a Mac OS X-compatible Exchange client, though it does not have the entire functionality provided by Outlook. Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3) is an application layer Internet standard protocol used to retrieve email from a remote server to a local client over a TCP/IP connection. ... The Internet Message Access Protocol (commonly known as IMAP, and previously called Interactive Mail Access Protocol) is an application layer Internet protocol used for accessing email on a remote server from a local client. ... MAPI is an acronym for Messaging Application Programming Interface. ... Microsoft Exchange can mean: Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft Exchange Client: the native and bundled client of Exchange server up to version 5. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... Microsoft Entourage is an e-mail client and personal information manager developed by Microsoft for Mac OS 8. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ...


Outlook Express is a slimmed-down e-mail, newsgroup, and contact management application that Microsoft makes available at no charge, in conjunction with the Internet Explorer web browser. Other than the similar name there is no connection between the two products and they originate from different divisions of Microsoft. While both offer access to POP3 and IMAP4 e-mail accounts, only Outlook offers client access (MAPI) to Microsoft Exchange. Outlook Express is replaced with Windows Mail For the personal information manager included in the Microsoft Office suite, see Microsoft Outlook. ... A newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users at different locations. ... Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer abbreviated MSIE), commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. ... Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3) is an application layer Internet standard protocol used to retrieve email from a remote server to a local client over a TCP/IP connection. ... The Internet Message Access Protocol (commonly known as IMAP, and previously called Interactive Mail Access Protocol) is an application layer Internet protocol used for accessing email on a remote server from a local client. ... MAPI is an acronym for Messaging Application Programming Interface. ... Windows Mail is an e-mail and newsgroup client included exclusively in Windows Vista. ...


Internet standards

Outlook is an integrated application for email, calendaring, tasks, contacts and much more. However, it does not fully support other calendar programs for calendaring or contacts such as iCalendar, CalDAV, SyncML and vCard 3.0. Outlook 2007 claims to be fully iCalendar compliant; however, it does not support all core objects, such as VTODO, VJOURNAL. Also, Outlook supports vCard 2.1 and does not support multiple contacts in the vCard format as a single file. Outlook has also been criticized for having proprietary "Outlook extensions" to these Internet standards. Also, for Outlook 2007, Microsoft has replaced the more standards-compliant Internet Explorer-based HTML editing/viewing engine with the one from Microsoft Office Word 2007. Outlook Express is being replaced by Windows Live Mail. iCalendar is a standard (RFC 2445) for calendar data exchange. ... CalDAV is a proposal for a standard protocol to enable calendar access via WebDAV. The CalDAV specification was first published in 2003 by Lisa Dusseault as an Internet-Draft submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and it quickly gained support from several calendaring software vendors. ... SyncML (Synchronization Markup Language) is the former name (currently referred to as: Open Mobile Alliance Data Synchronization and Device Management) for a platform-independent information synchronization standard. ... The correct title of this article is . ... Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer abbreviated MSIE), commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. ...


Outlook encourages top-posting by placing the cursor above the quoted text. A proponent of bottom-posting has created an application known as Outlook-QuoteFix to change this default to bottom-posting. It works for all OL's but 2007. For OL 2007 can be used VBA QuoteFix Macro developed by Outlook Theurgists. Top-posting means replying to a message above the original message. ... Top-posting means replying to a message above the original message. ...


Security concerns

One of Microsoft's goals is for the e-mail client to be easy to use. However, the embedded automation and lack of security features compared to competitors have been repeatedly exploited by malicious hackers using e-mail viruses. These typically take the form of an e-mail attachment which executes on the user's machine and replicates itself by mass-mailing the user's or Exchange server's address list. Examples of such viruses are the Melissa and Sobig worms. Other programs have exploited Outlook's HTML e-mail capabilities to execute malicious code or confirm that e-mail addresses are valid targets for spam. The notoriety of the worms and other viruses has gained Outlook a reputation as a highly insecure e-mail platform. This article is about computer hacking. ... A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user. ... An e-mail attachment (or email attachment) is a computer file which is sent along with an e-mail message. ... The Melissa worm, also known as Mailissa, Simpsons, Kwyjibo, or Kwejeebo, is a computer worm that also functions as a macro virus, hence making it a multipartite virus. // History First found on March 26, 1999, Melissa shut down Internet mail systems that got clogged with infected e-mails propogating from... The Sobig Worm was a computer worm that infected millions of Internet-connected, Microsoft Windows computers in August 2003. ... A computer worm is a self-replicating computer program. ... HTML, an initialism of Hypertext Markup Language, is the predominant markup language for web pages. ... E-mail spam, also known as bulk e-mail or junk e-mail is a subset of spam that involves sending nearly identical messages to numerous recipients by e-mail. ...


Unix programmer Bill Joy has suggested that Outlook is insecure largely because it was written in C, making it easy to write programs to exploit it. He also believes the widespread use of Outlook is a major contributing factor in the proliferation of spam [1]. Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®, sometimes also written as or ® with small caps) is a computer operating system originally developed in 1969 by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ... A programmer or software developer is someone who programs computers, that is, one who writes computer software. ... Bill Joy William Nelson Joy (born Nov 8, 1954), commonly known as Bill Joy, is an American computer scientist. ... C is a general-purpose, block structured, procedural, imperative computer programming language developed in 1972 by Dennis Ritchie at the Bell Telephone Laboratories for use with the Unix operating system. ...


As part of its Trustworthy Computing initiative, Microsoft took corrective steps to fix Outlook's reputation in Office Outlook 2003. Among the most publicized security features are that Office Outlook 2003 does not automatically load images in HTML e-mails, and includes a built-in Junk Mail filter[2]. Service Pack 2 has augmented these features and adds an anti-Phishing filter [3]. Trusted computing (TC) refers to a family of specifications from the controversial TCPA with their stated goal of making computers more secure through the use of dedicated hardware. ... An example of a phishing email, disguised as an official email from a (fictional) bank. ...


This release was well received, and regarded as the primary driver of Office upgrades among business users.[citation needed]. However, it still uses Internet Explorer as its renderer of HTML content, a product whose security flaws are well documented and ongoing. Some defects in IE can be exploited by malicious emails. Outlook 2007 has implemented its own HTML renderer to avoid this problem. Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer abbreviated MSIE), commonly abbreviated to IE, is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems starting in 1995. ...


Latest release

Outlook 2007 was available in retail stores at the end of Jan 2007. A trial is available for download on Office Online[4]. Features include[5]:

  • A to-do bar added to the shell UI that shows a snapshot of the user's upcoming appointments and active tasks for better time and project management.
  • Improved calendar views that display the tasks due below each day on the week view and supports overlaying multiple calendars.
  • Integrated RSS aggregator
  • 'Instant Search' through a context indexer based search engine with Windows Desktop Search
  • Enhanced integration with Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server
  • New programmability features [1]
  • Ability to publish calendars in Internet Calendar format to Microsoft Office Online or to a WebDAV server

Windows Desktop Search (or WDS) is an indexed search platform released by Microsoft for the Windows operating system. ... Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... WebDAV, an abbreviation that stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning, refers to the set of extensions to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote World Wide Web servers. ...

HTML rendering

Outlook 2007 was the first Outlook to switch from IE HTML rendering to Microsoft Word HTML rendering (Word 2007 in Outlook 2007's case). This means HTML and CSS items such as the following (many of which are insecure, as implemented by Internet Explorer) would no longer be supported: Microsoft Word is Microsofts flagship word processing software. ... HTML, an initialism of Hypertext Markup Language, is the predominant markup language for web pages. ... In web development, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a stylesheet language used to describe the presentation of a document written in a markup language. ...

HTML tags
  • applet
  • form
  • iframe
  • object
  • script
  • background-image
  • Animated GIF images
  • Flash
  • Replacing bullets with images in unordered lists
CSS properties
  • clear
  • direction
  • float
  • vertical-align
  • width
  • word-spacing
  • height
  • list-style-type
  • overflow
  • visibility
  • background-image
  • background-repeat
  • clip
  • cursor
  • line-style-image
  • line-style-position
  • left
  • right
  • top
  • background-position
  • border-spacing
  • bottom
  • empty-cells
  • position
  • opacity

The net impact for anyone publishing a newsletter that uses HTML form elements within emails, is that the forms will no longer display: all form elements will be replaced with square brackets. This is a major issue for publishers and small businesses, many of whom have used this technique extensively.


With this switch, Outlook 2007 became even less HTML standards compliant than Outlook 2003. Simple static HTML like the following will not display properly (just the text is displayed; the bars are not rendered):

 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <html> <head> <title>Project Progress</title> <head/> <body> Green and red bars: <span style='float:left; background-color:green; position:relative; width:100; top:1; height:11; z-index=1' > </span> <span style='float:left; background-color:red; position:relative; width:50; top:6; height:11; z-index=1' > </span> </body> </html> 
Many more HTML and CSS items [2]

See also

The following tables compare general and technical information between a number of e-mail client programs. ... The following is a list of personal information managers. ... For the personal information manager included in the Microsoft Office suite, see Microsoft Outlook. ... Outlook Web Access (OWA) is a webmail service of Microsoft Exchange Server 5. ... Windows Calendar is a calendar application that is included in Microsoft Windows Vista. ... Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format or TNEF is a proprietary e-mail attachment format used by Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Server. ...

References

  1. ^ Fortune Magazine interview with Bill Joy
  2. ^ Microsoft Office 2003 editions comparison
  3. ^ Microsoft 'Security at Home' website
  4. ^ Try the 2007 Microsoft Office system
  5. ^ Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 product overview

External links


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