Microsoft Outlook is an email client plus personal manager that comes along with the Microsoft Office Suite. It is equally popular among home and office users alike. What makes it so popular is its various features like calendar, task manager, reminder, note taking feature, etc., in addition to the one of a kind emailing experience it provides. Moreover, seeking Microsoft Outlook help regarding its tools and issues is also easy, as there are so many guides and tutorials available over the internet for the same. Detailed below is the systematic procedure for upgrading Outlook.
Choose the version
First, choose the version of the Outlook software program that you wish to upgrade to. You may take into consideration your system hardware configuration and budget. Next, decide whether you want to purchase Microsoft Outlook only or along with the other programs in the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Buying Microsoft Office suite as a whole will provide you with other efficient Office productivity tools such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, etc.
Purchasing the software
You have the option to purchase the program either online or through a retail dealer. Do not opt for stores that offer only ‘Download Only’ versions of the product. Make sure that the seller is not providing a pirated copy of the software.
Take the Outlook or Office disc that you got with the purchase and insert it into the CD or DVD drive. Once the setup initiates, follow the prompts that appear. Click on the ‘I Agree’ button when prompted to. You will be asked to enter the serial number or product key that came with the packaging of the setup disc. In case you bought the Office Suite as a whole, verify that you tick the checkbox beside the Microsoft Outlook option when asked to select the programs to install.
You will also be asked to choose specific components that should be installed. All of the components will not be saved by default. If you wish to choose components manually, select the ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ installation modes instead of the ‘Standard’ one.
Wait until the progress bar notifies completion of the software installation. If you had chosen to install all of Microsoft Office programs, it would take some time for the installation to complete. Once the installation wizard completes the process, click on the Finish button.
Open the Outlook program. In the email setup wizard that opens up, choose the email account type and start setting up the account. If you wish to use Outlook only for its calendar features, choose Cancel. For assistance, access the Microsoft Outlook help section by clicking on the Help button in the main toolbar.