Microsoft Outlook in the 21st Century
Several releases of Outlook have been made since 1999 – Office XP (known internally at Microsoft as version 10) was released in 2001, and featured Outlook 2002, the only application within the suite to have the “2002" title (with the others labelled “XP").
A couple of years later, Outlook 2003 was released standalone, with Office 2003 and with Exchange Server 2003, and this was the first time that Outlook was included in lower-price, targeted releases of Office, in this case the Standard Edition for Students and Teachers.
By the time of Microsoft Office 2007, newsgroup support had been dropped from the application – however along with close integration with other aspects of the Office suite, Outlook adopted support for the now ubiquitous RSS format of syndicated news feeds.
Microsoft Office 2010 meanwhile sees the application equipped with the Microsoft “ribbon" menu format, and a tidied up user interface. The history of Microsoft Outlook software and success of the application over the years has relied on releases with tighter security, relevant new features and full integration with Microsoft Office – and this looks set to continue.