Microsoft Corp. announced today the release of Microsoft Outlook 2001 for Mac. Outlook 2001 — not to be confused with Outlook Express — is the latest version of the messaging and collaboration client Microsoft has developed to enable Macs to communicate with Microsoft Exchange servers.
Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit General Manager Kevin Browne said that using Outlook 2001, Mac users could interact seamlessly with millions of Outlook users worldwide.
“By enabling both Mac and Windows-based users to communicate, share contacts, schedule meetings and more, we’ve broken down yet another barrier to help our customers perform better and get faster results,” said Browne.
Outlook 2001 for Mac and Outlook for Windows share the same data format, which means that Mac and Windows users can access shared contact information and files in public folders, as well as view each other’s calendars.
Outlook 2001 for Mac features support for key Apple technologies, and incorporates a familiar user interface for Mac users, according to Microsoft. The software features drag-and-drop installation, Keychain support, and support for user interface themes.
Microsoft also said that Mac users who need to access their Exchange information via the Web could use Outlook Web Access, as well. The software is included with Exchange Server itself. Outlook Web Access provides e-mail, calendaring and contact info access via a Web browser.
Outlook 2001 for Mac is available in localized language versions including English, French, German and Japanese. The software is available for download starting today. Microsoft indicated that Exchange 2000 customers are licensed to use Outlook 2001 for Mac. Customers can also order a CD set containing the new Mac software and other items by visiting the Exchange Web site or by calling 800.360.7561. There was no word from Microsoft on when a Mac OS X version would be available.