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.

#38 Re: Re: killing

by mlefevre

Friday August 15th, 2003 10:27 AM

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I said "Mozilla (Seamonkey)", as in, it doesn't look like there's going to be future development on the application suite. Of course Firebird and Thunderbird etc are being actively developed...

Killing it for non-legacy platforms is rather different than "killing it". Assuming it's not in Windows 2004, there's still a few years (even though Microsoft doesn't want there to be) in the "legacy" platforms... Netscape is dead in the same sense - however, for people that aren't keeping up with Netscape-the-organisation events, Netscape 7.1 is a new version that they're distributing.