May 9, 2000

Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell Prods Outlook's Underbelly, Finding Both Quirks and Surprising Power

Sebastopol, CA--With an installed base of 23 million Microsoft Office™ users, and the close integration of Outlook™ with the other Office 2000 components, Outlook is well on its way to becoming the most widely-used e-mail client in the world. "We knew that Outlook is a big and complex program," says Tom Syroid, co-author of the latest title in O'Reilly's highly regarded "In a Nutshell" series--Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell (O'Reilly, $29.95). "We were reminded of that fact, time and time again, as we scratched and prodded its underbelly looking for answers. What surprised us was the passionate love/hate relationship Outlook engenders in its users. They love it enough to use it every day. They hate it enough to break into more than the occasional tirade when asked about the product. After nine months of exhaustive exploration and living with Outlook 20 hours a day, we can relate."

Outlook is much more than just an e-mail client. It includes contact, calendar, notes, task, and journal tools, all tightly integrated to give users quick access to vital information, and fast, easy ways to share that information. You can arrange virtual conferences with NetMeeting, send Office documents through Outlook Mail, and save calendars as Web pages and publish them to the Web.

"Outlook has more than its share of quirks and nuances," says Syroid. "It has a steep learning curve, but once you progress through that curve, you'll find that it is a powerful and flexible program (ok, maybe too flexible--but flexible nevertheless). There's not a lot that you cannot do with Outlook, given a little patience (well, ok, sometimes a lot of patience) and a healthy dose of ingenuity." Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell is designed for users who want to tap into Outlook's full--and often surprising--potential.

Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell is a must-read for any user who wants to get as much out of this software as possible without wasting time weeding through hundreds of pages of useless information.

Online Resources

Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell
By Tom Syroid & Bo Leuf
1st Edition May 2000
1-56592-704-4, 680 pages, $29.95 ($US)

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