America Online announced Tuesday that it will adopt Microsoft Outlook Express as its email client and will integrate the program with the AOL software. Currently, AOL is using an outdated, proprietary email client that generates thousands of complaints a month. With Outlook Express, AOL users will finally be able to communicate with other Internet users using MIME HTML mail that includes graphics, sounds, and other dynamic features.
"This announcement really sets the stage for Microsoft's vision of the consumer 'dial-up' email market and our place in it," said Dave Fester, a product manager for Microsoft's Internet Explorer group, which is responsible for Outlook Express. "In the coming months, Microsoft plans to concentrate much attention on the consumer dial-up e-mail market with Outlook Express."
AOL will make Outlook Express available to its customers in early 1998