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.

#58 Re: killing

by thelem

Saturday August 16th, 2003 9:00 AM

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Ah, being a fellow brit I thought microsoft had given up on internet access years ago, after about 4 tries are relaunching their service. I think Compuserve has more users than AOL when they finally quit.

I used to think of MSN Explorer as a newbie version of IE, but what I've read about it recently didn't fit that description (like having to subscribe to it).

If MSN are in the internet access market, then I am surprised AOL agreeds to stop developing Mozilla. OK, they might have rights to internet explorer for the next 5 years or so, but what then?