Microsoft will formerly replace the Exchange client that comes with Exchange Server 5.0 with Outlook next week. Outlook first shipped with Office 97 but Microsoft would like to ensure that Exchange Server users switch the higher-end Outlook client as quickly as possible so it will no longer make the lower-end Exchange clients available. Microsoft is also shipping a new Service Pack for Exchange Server 5.0 that includes bug fixes and performance enhancements along with Outlook Web Access and a new version of the Outlook client (version 8.0.2). Outlook Web Access allows users to access mail (including attachments and public folders) through a secure Web page.

"The existing Exchange clients will be maintained but not extended," said Dave Malcolm, group product manager for Exchange at Microsoft