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How do I access my Outlook email?

Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager software framework that is included in the Microsoft Office suite. The outlook is mainly an email client, but it also has calendaring, task management, contact management, note-taking, journal logging, and web browsing capabilities.

Individuals can use Outlook as a standalone application, while companies can use it as multi-user software (via Microsoft Exchange Server or SharePoint) for items like mailboxes, schedules, directories, data aggregation (via SharePoint lists), and appointment scheduling. Microsoft has applications for iOS and Android, among other smartphone devices. Moreover, virtually all Outlook data will be synced to Outlook Mobile from Windows Phone devices. Developers can create custom software that works with Outlook and Office components using Microsoft Visual.


Outlook.com is a free webmail service that looks and feels like Microsoft Outlook. It was formerly known as Hotmail before being renamed Outlook.com in 2012. 
Outlook on the web (formerly Exchange Web Link, Outlook Web Connection, and Outlook Web App) is a web-based business edition of Microsoft Outlook that comes with Office 365, Exchange Server, and Exchange Online.


Outlook has replaced Microsoft’s earlier scheduling and email clients, Schedule+ and Exchange Client. 
There are two configurations available in Outlook 98 and Outlook 2000: 
Internet Mail Only (also known as IMO mode) is a lighter application mode that focuses on POP3 and IMAP accounts, as well as a lightweight Fax application. Corporate Workgroup mode (also known as CW mode) is a complete MAPI client that focuses on Microsoft Exchange accounts.

Perpetual versions of Microsoft Outlook include

  1. Outlook 97 8.0 January 16, 1997, Included in Office 97 and bundled with Exchange Server 5.0 and 5.5.
  2. Outlook 98 8.5 June 21, 1998, Freely distributed with books and magazines for coping with the newest Internet standard such as HTML email.[8] Outlook 98 setups were based on Active Setup which also installed Internet Explorer 4.
  3. Outlook 2000 9.0 June 27, 1999, Included in Office 2000 and bundled with Exchange 2000 Server.
  4. Outlook 2002 10 May 31, 2001, Included in Office XP.
  5. Outlook 2003 11 November 20, 2003, Included in Office 2003 (incl. Standard Edition for Students and Teachers) and bundled with Exchange Server 2003.
  6. Outlook 2007 12 January 27, 2007, Included in Office 2007, except Office Home and Student edition
  7. Outlook 2010 14 July 15, 2010, Included in Office 2010 Home and Business, Standard, Professional and Professional Plus.
  8. Outlook 2011 for Mac 14 October 26, 2010, Included in Office for Mac 2011 Home and Business.
  9. Outlook 2013 15 January 29, 2013, Included in Office 2013, except Home & Student edition.
  10. Outlook for Mac 16 October 31, 2014, Included in Office 365, except for some commercial editions.
  11. Outlook 2016 16 September 22, 2015, Included in Office 2016 and Office 365
  12. Outlook 2016 for Mac 16 September 25, 2015, Included in Office 2016 and Office 365
  13. Outlook 2019 16 September 24, 2018, Included in Office 2019 and Office 365
  14. Outlook 2019 for Mac 16 September 24, 2018, Included in Office 2019 and Office 365
  15. Outlook for Phones & Tablets 1.3 2015 Included in Office 365, except some commercial editions includes iOS and Android support.

Author: Olivia Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and a full time blogger with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. She has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including office.com/setup.