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Chapter 9. Outlook Essentials > Is Outlook the Heart of Office?

Is Outlook the Heart of Office?

Outlook is the newest member of the Office family, but it's rapidly become the most popular. If you use Outlook as your e-mail client at work or home, it's probably the first program you open when you start Windows, and it's the last one you close at the end of the day. To reflect its popularity, we've decided to move Outlook to the front of this book, ahead of its well-established Office-mates, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Thankfully, Outlook also deserves the Most Improved Application award for Office XP. In previous versions, its shortcomings and idiosyncrasies made it difficult to set up and a source of endless frustration for support professionals and (ahem) computer book authors. If you've been using a previous version of Outlook, pay special attention to the following sections on setup and configuration. You might discover that some of your pet peeves have vanished in this version.


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