Microsoft has completed the latest revision of its popular email client, Outlook Express. The new version is Outlook Express 5.0, and is available as a free download from Microsoft’s Web site.

It sports a revised interface, concentrating on ease-of-use. The new upgrade also features vast improvements in its Contacts management book, capable of holding up to three snail-mail addresses and 14 email addresses for each contact. This revision also features options to synchronize the software with Palm devices.

Several new attachment compression-protocols are also now supported, as well as a degree of cross-platform compliance. Another feature is the junk mail filter. Though complex to configure, the filter is capable of discriminating against certain types of incoming messages.

This Macintosh version is aimed at the Apple consumer. Ease of use is a key factor, but not to the detriment of more advanced users.

Internet Explorer 5.0, Microsoft's revision to its Mac browsing-application is expected to hit the Web early in 2000.