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.

#64 Newsgroup client

by martrootamm

Tuesday December 2nd, 2003 7:56 AM

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Well, I still sometimes use Netscape Messenger for Newsgroup needs and Netscape Navigator 3's newsgroup client was also very good.

The reason I had to switch from using Netscape Navigator 3's mail client was that there were no user profiles and I could not password-protect my e-mails. So I resorted to Microsoft Exchange 4 mail client. Later I used Microsoft Exchange 5, then after Windows Me emerged, there was no Microsoft Exchange client, so I had to begin using Outlook 2000, which I found to be quite good. Now I'm stuck with Outlook xp, which is horrenduously unstable.

A year or two ago @home I resorted to using Outlook Express 5 for newsgroup needs in a different computer where there was another active user who used Outlook Express.

I could have used Netscape 4.08 /Messenger, but at some point I decided not to create any new profiles there, because the reason then was that hard drive space was low and the computer had a very active user. And Netscape Communicator's profiles are not password-protected. So the reason to use OE was to have my newsgroup activities password-protected.

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