XCLN: Microsoft Outlook for Windows 3.1x

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The Microsoft Outlook 8.0 client for the Windows 3.1x operatingsystem improves messaging and group scheduling interoperability withMicrosoft Outlook (for Windows) without requiring new hardware forusers of Windows 3.1x.

Customers committed to staying on the Windows 3.1x platform for thelong term may want to consider using Microsoft Outlook Express for messaging and the Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA) client for scheduling. Microsoft will continue to support the Windows 3.1x version of the Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Schedule+ 7.x clients.
The Microsoft Outlook client for Windows 3.1x includes allthe features of the existing Microsoft Exchange and Schedule+ clients, plusnew features to smooth interoperability with existing versions of MicrosoftOutlook. Because of the operating system and hardware limitations of typicalcomputers based on Windows 3.1x, this client continues toprovide only a subset of the features found in the 32-bit version ofMicrosoft Outlook. Please note that this client does not supportconnectivity to Internet mail, Microsoft Mail for PC Networks, or Lotus cc:Mail.


The following new features are included in the Microsoft Outlook 8.x forWindows 3.1x client:

E-mail Interoperability Improvements

Users can now send and receive flagged messages, recall messages, andrespond to (but not send) voting messages. This client isintended for Microsoft Exchange Server integration only and does not includethe Internet mail (POP, IMAP4) support required to directly connect to anInternet service provider. Users of Windows 3.x who requirePOP3 support are encouraged to evaluate the Microsoft Outlook Expressclient that is available with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Calendar and Group Scheduling

By default, the Windows 3.x version of Outlook canonly view Microsoft Schedule+ 7.x data of other users. However, a clientextension is available for the Outlook Windows 3.x client that provides theability to view the details of a Windows Outlook user's Calendarfolder. This add-on, called the Schedule+ Exchange Transport DLL, islocated on the Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Client Pack CD in the followingdirectory:
The client continues to have exactly the same Calendar, Contacts, and Taskfeatures that are available in Schedule+ version 7.0, and the client continues to display Calendar, Contacts, and Task information in a separatewindow, accessible through the Calendar icon on the Outlook Bar.

Opening Exchange Server HTML Forms

Outlook electronic forms created using the built-in Outlook forms designtool can only be used on Windows desktops where Outlook is installed.However, Exchange Server provides an alternative way to createforms for use in collaborative applications - using Active Server Pages andthe Microsoft Exchange Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) interface to scriptforms that are displayed as HTML in a Web browser. All three versions ofOutlook in Exchange Server 5.5 (32-bit Outlook, Outlook forWindows 3.1x, and Outlook for Macintosh) have been extended to supportExchange Server HTML forms. These features provide Exchange Server siteswith more options for developing and deploying electronic forms.

All three versions of Outlook in Exchange Server 5.5 contain a new menuitem on the Compose menu, Open Web Form, that lets users invoke an Exchange Server HTML form. When a user selects this menu item, the Webbrowser registered on the user's computer is automatically opened anddirected to an internal Web site containing a directory of HTML forms. TheURL that locates the directory of HTML forms can be set as an option andcan be set in registry keys by the system administrator.

Currently, when an Outlook form is sent to the Windows 3.xclient, it is essentially unusable - opening the item in the Windows 3.x Inbox does not display the actual form, as the form designerintended. However, with Exchange Server 5.5, the Windows 3.x client automatically starts an associated HTML form throughthe browser when a user opens an Outlook form from the Inbox, providedOutlook Web Access is installed and enabled on the server. This HTML formis created as an additional design step and is not automatically generatedduring the design of the Outlook form. The Exchange Serveradministrator associates the HTML form with the appropriate Outlook formmessage class.

Improved User Interface

Outlook for Windows 3.1x includes a partiallycustomizable Outlook Bar and a Folder Banner consistent with Outlook for Windows.Menu and toolbar commands are now arranged to more closely match Outlookfor Windows.

Architecture and System Requirements

Server Requirements

Standard e-mail and group scheduling requires Exchange Server 4.0or later. To implement custom forms using HTML and ExchangeServer CDO requires Exchange Server 5.0 Service Pack 1 or later, andMicrosoft Internet Information Server 3.0 with Active Server Pages (renamed to Outlook Web Access in Exchange Server 5.5) or laterinstalled.

Client Requirements

Windows 3.1x:

  • 8 MB of RAM minimum (12 MB or more recommended)
  • 12 MB of hard-disk space (22 MB or more recommended)

Article ID: 178124 - Last Review: 10/07/2013 16:15:49 - Revision: 2.2

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