Outlook 2003 is getting close to it's release date and trial versions will be available.
If you try Outlook 2003, don't forget that it uses a new Unicode PST format that is not compatible with previous versions of Outlook. You'll need to move or copy the Outlook items to an OL97/2002 PST format if you test Outlook 2003 using a Unicode PST.
Outlook will not convert your existing PST to Unicode. If you create a new profile and let Outlook create a new PST, Outlook will use Unicode.
Hotmail and IMAP account use OL97/2002 PST format for the local copy.
Published August 7, 2003. Last updated on August 15, 2012.