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.

#60 upcoming storm

by atriteagues

Sunday August 17th, 2003 4:51 AM

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I think we all know that Microsoft knows the mass of people who flounder with their computers rely on them too heavily, and will only rescind open publication on subscription to return covertly and go ahead with it. I sell computers at stores and know if I told a person they could have an unsecure, more expensive machine that has one asy bill each month, or a cheap, effective machine with a 5 month learning curve (these are people who would struggle on an OSX box), the few that did buy the Linux machine (latter) would return it within days.

Sadly idiots own the market and idiots fuel MS.

Profit cannot stop them, they have still yet to gte into the black with the Xbox, they are slated to lose 500 million on the hardware sales alone by end of 2005, but there are more of those all the time and more games... So it looks like this is the newest control move by what many have seen coming for years, the R-a-OS Rent-an-OS.