I have a computer running Windows XP. Can I use Outlook Express as well as Windows Live Mail? Or will having the two programs together create problems?
For those who don’t know, both Outlook Express and Windows Live Mail are free email clients from Microsoft. In fact, there is one more, Windows Mail which comes pre-installed with the Vista operating system.
FYI, the development and support for Outlook Express has been discontinued. This email program came pre-installed on the Windows operating system (till XP) and was also distributed as a bundled package with Internet Explorer web browser (till version 6). However, Outlook Express was absent on Vista and replaced with Windows Mail. This too is now outdated with the release of Windows Live Mail. And as for Windows 7, there is no native email client though Microsoft recommends using the free Windows Live Mail.
Confused? Check the figure below.
Windows Mail, the default email program on Vista, which I refer to as Outlook Express version 7 (in jest), is quite like its predecessor in the way it looks and functions. Though the interface is similar, there are two important additions – a Junk e-mail folder and a super quick email search functionality located conveniently close to the top.
Windows Live Mail, however, takes a little getting used to especially because of the way accounts and messages are organized. For instance, each email account configured in the program gets in own set of 5 folders. Some standard functions such as Send/Receive email are now called “Sync” which can add to the confusion and make the transition a little more difficult.
Yes. You can use both Outlook Express and Windows Live Mail. However, here are a few points you should take note of:
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