Microsoft Thursday made available the first public beta release of Outlook 98, its follow-up to Outlook 97. Outlook 98 includes integrated e-mail, calendar, and information management, support for Internet standards such as POP3/SMTP, IMAP4, LDAP, HTML mail, vCard, vCalendar, iCalendar, and S/MIME, an upgrade path from Eudora, Netscape Messenger, and Microsoft Outlook Express, Exchange Server integration, and integration with Office 97 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0.

For more information about Outlook 98 Technical Beta 1, please visit Microsoft's Outlook 98 page.

To download the beta, please visit the Outlook 98 Download Area.

Outlook 98 Technical Beta 1 expires on January 1, 1998. Microsoft will release a Beta 2 version that is feature complete before that time and will offer Outlook 98 as a free upgrade to all users of Outlook 97 when it ships sometime in the Spring