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Outlook Express was a wonderful email program and I understand people's reluctance to move to something else, but Microsoft stopped supporting it a long time ago.
Hi, Leo. I hate Windows 7 and I'm thinking of getting Windows 8. Will I be able to use Outlook Express on that version? Because I miss dreadfully not being able to use it on Windows 7.
In this excerpt from Answercast #58, I look again at why Outlook Express must die and the fact that it is not coming back.
Well, I'll put it this way: if you don't like Windows 7, you're really not going to like Windows 8.
It's Windows 7 and then some. The number of changes that they continue to make are fairly dramatic and people that are averse to change are probably not going to enjoy this either.
To answer your question about Outlook Express - Outlook Express is dead. Dead, dead, dead. It is not coming back.
There is no hope for it coming back and in fact, I strongly, strongly recommend that anybody who is still using Outlook Express seriously consider moving to a different email program.
I personally use and recommend Thunderbird, but there are many, many alternatives.
The problem with Outlook Express is that Microsoft hasn't supported it now for close to a decade. That means that there have been no bug fixes.
The problem that I have with Outlook Express (from a purely practical point of view) is simply that I hear of more email being lost due to Outlook Express than pretty much any other reason. There are bugs in the program:
There are issues that are simply not going to get fixed.
There are security issues that are simply not going to be addressed.
It's not that I don't like Outlook Express. Outlook Express was a wonderful
email program and I understand people's real reluctance to move to something
else. Outlook Express worked really well for a really long time. But the fact
of the matter is Microsoft stopped supporting it a long time ago. It wasn't in
Vista; it wasn't in Windows 7 and it's not going to be in Windows 8.
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