There is a hidden giant in the software industry, well, not hidden, just more or less hovering in the background. It is that wise, old oak that has been the backbone of email communications for about two decades. And even then, email is its most visible feature.Outlook was first introduced as Mail way back in 1992, in a buddle release with Windows 3.1 and Exchange Server 5.5. Back then, it was nowhere near versatile and indispensable as it later became. It was a simple email client and nothing more. It took Outlook a less than five years to move from those humble roots to become the Personal Information Manager (PIM).By 1997, when it was released along with Microsoft Office 97, it had full evolved into an indispensable tool.
To understand just how important Outlook was, one must understand what it does. A PIM is basically software that organizes all your data. Everything from your list of contacts, to all your emails, you calendar, your personal notes, documents and files to your journal were all ordered and lined up for you by this one application.Seeing that Outlook is over twenty years old, what it did was extraordinary. This was during time when Personal Computers were coming along and households and businesses were starting to use them. Email and internet were new, bold concepts that people marvelled at but were also starting to understand and apply to their daily lives.