After talking to many people who are new to computers I gather that they quickly get confused with the hundreds of new phrases and unclear (sometimes even incorrect) statements they come across. One of these being the necessity of employing Outlook Express if one wants to use email. This is not true.
There are several ways in which you can access and check email – Outlook Express and other such email programs are just one of the options. However, the advantages of Outlook Express are many and on this page I shall let you know some of the important ones.
Most web users have an email account – some even have several. A common way to access email is via the web browser program. Any email service worth its salt provides a GUI. This is, typically, loaded when users successfully logs at their email account. Most email functions can be executed through this GUI – sending mail, composing, forwarding, segregating messages into folders, applying email signatures etc. However, this approach has one big disadvantage! Without an active internet connection, the email messages (heck, the entire email account) is inaccessible. This is where email programs prove beneficial.
Once you know the Outlook Express advantages, I’m sure you would not like to go back to the web based GUI method. But please note that there are several email clients – free and paid. In addition to the interface, they might also differ in certain functionalities. However, the benefit I detail below apply to most, if not all, email clients and programs.
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