Microsoft's vision for Outlook expressed
that the world's most-installed mail client, Outlook
Express, is no longer being developed by Microsoft. Dan Leach, the lead
product manager of Microsoft's "information worker product management"
groups says that no work is being done on Outlook Express, and that
future Microsoft efforts in consumer email will focus on services like
Hotmail and MSN. In the future, those looking to Microsoft for email in
application form will need to purchase an Office license and use
Update: User comments drove a hunt to find another
article, with information credited to Mr. Leach, stating that
Microsoft changed its mind, but that decision was not passed along to
him. Like an announcement made by Microsoft about Internet Explorer
earlier this year, Outlook Express isn't going away, the company will
simply cease producing standalone versions of the software, and will
bundle the software with the OS instead.