Microsoft No Longer Developing Outlook Express

Thursday August 14th, 2003

Several people wrote in to tell us that Microsoft is not doing any new development work on Outlook Express, the company's free mail and newsgroups client, which is bundled with both Internet Explorer and Windows. The emphasis for home users will now be placed on Hotmail and MSN, while corporations will be reminded that they should have been using Outlook all along. Many MozillaZine readers have noted the opportunity that this presents for Mozilla Thunderbird, the Mozilla project's standalone mail and newsgroups program. While the first milestone of Thunderbird has only recently been released, the application is based on the mature codebase of the Mozilla Application Suite's Mail & Newsgroups component. Microsoft's cancellation of further Outlook Express development follows on from the company's announcement that it will offer no further upgrades to the standalone Windows version of Internet Explorer and its decision to end development of IE for Mac OS X.

Update: J. A. Prufrock wrote in to tell us that Microsoft is now saying Outlook Express will continue to be developed after all. Microsoft's about-turn in its public statements is nothing new: shortly after the news broke that there would be no further standalone versions of IE for Windows, the company stressed that it was in fact too early to discuss its long-term plans for the browser.

#24 Re: Re: "It's a good thing"

by janahan

Friday August 15th, 2003 4:06 AM

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Yes, this is also the reason why I use OE as opposed to TBird, its Hotmail integration. and its relatively good IMAP support (with a few tweaks here and there)

In actual fact, since i have a number of POP3/IMAP as well as HTTP accounts, I use a combo of OE and Pegasus Mail. And use each as nessasary.

OE is for "generall day to day use" IMAP/HTTP use then periodically I fire up Pegasus to archive the mail. Pegasus is VERY good for archiving, i have mail in my mailbox from 1997, and i have a way of converting the EML fixes in OE to UNIX mailbox files for Pegasus, as well as a complex filter system to filter messages into place.

OE also has an easy way to move the mail store, and I have all the mails stored in a directory on my C:DRIVE (Mailbox) and when i need to reformat my HD, all I need to do is backup that directory. And when u reinstall, its a simple case fo pointing OE to use the previous mailstore, even Outlook is not so elegant.

Soo in a way i will miss OE, but if TBird gets an extension to allow access to hotmail, then i will switch immeadiately.