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    Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    Hope I've posted this to the right place.

    I've seen some passing references to this matter, but what is the general wisdom on using Outlook Express vs Outlook as an e-mail application.

    At home I have Windows XP Home, and Office 97 which I believe also includes Outlook. I also have Outlook Express, just upgraded with the IE ^ SP1 update.

    Are there any thoughts as to possible advantages of one of these over the other as an e-mail application? I'm talking simply about a single home computer with, at present, no business implications.

    Any thoughs welcomed.

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    Here's some background info for your reference:

    Q257824 : Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express

    which includes:
    <hr>Choose Outlook Express if:
    You require only Internet e-mail and newsgroup functionality (for versions of Windows later than Microsoft Windows 95, versions of Windows earlier than Microsoft Windows 95, Macintosh, and UNIX platforms).
    You use or plan to use Office 98 for Macintosh, and you want to take advantage of the integration of Outlook Express with this version of the Office suite.

    Choose Outlook if:
    You require advanced Internet standards-based e-mail and discussion group functionality.
    You require integrated personal calendars, group scheduling, task, and contact management.
    You require integrated e-mail and calendaring, cross-platform clients for versions of Windows later than Microsoft Windows 95, versions of Windows earlier than Microsoft Windows 95, and Macintosh platforms.
    You use, or plan to use Office 97, Office 2000, Office XP or Exchange Server and want to take advantage of the integration of Outlook with this version of the Office suite, and the integration with Exchange Server.
    You require robust, integrated run-time and design-time collaboration capabilities<hr>

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    Thanks Leif.

    I've used OE at home for some years now, and Outlook is several variations in a number of office jobs, so I was in general aware of the differences that are detailed in the reference you provided.

    I had just noted on a couple of posts throughout the Lounge some allusions from various individuals suggesting they would always use Outlook and never OE, or words to that effect, and I was hoping to have someone shed more light on why those preferences might exist.

    Certainly, I have no need for the vast functionality of Outlook in our home uses, I simply need only the e-mail application, address book, etc.

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    Outlook 97 was really Outlook 1.0, and it shows. I think you will find that OL97 does not satisfy your needs in the year 2002. For example, it cannot display HTML e-mail as HTML. OL97 also did not have the separate Internet Mail Only mode of Outlook 2000. This is not to say it won't retrieve Internet mail; of course it will. But the interface is said to be slower than with programs optimized for POP3 mail because there is an additional software layer involved.

    I've heard that OE handles Rules better than Outlook, but have not compared them myself. Since I only use Outlook Express for special needs, I'm not familiar with its address book. That might be weaker than Outlook's Contacts folder. OE was never meant to be a personal information manager. Hope this helps.

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    One thing to keep in mind is that OE is an integral part of IE, with all the related security holes. I haven't even bothered to open OE for years ... and versions.
    Charlotte

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    I use OE only for newsgroups.
    I use Outlook ONLY when I need to test macros that I am writing.


    Otherwise, I use Eudora for email.

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    Eudora is beautiful.

    Outlook Express is a horrible nightmare if you ever need to move/export/view/import e-mail or contacts in/from another program and also if you handle LARGE quantities of individual e-mail.

    I use Outlook 2000 because that's what I have at the office.

    V.

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    I've used Eudora but wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I absolutely hated the interface.
    Charlotte

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    What version of Eudora?
    It's changed over the past few versions.

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    I've used all versions of Eudora since 3.2. Yes, the interface does take getting used to, especially if you "grew up" on any of the MS products. I'm using OL2000 now since that is the version required by work/school, but have Eudora on my system at home.

    The current version, 5.1, has some nice features which OL doesn't appear to have. One in particular is the ability to change the sender on the fly if you happen to have multiple POP accounts.

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    Re: Outlook vs Outlook Express (Office 97/IE6 SP1)

    We use Outlook because:
    We can print letters and envelopes = whoopy dee, but usefull
    we can Task items and e-mails to our Calendar = VIP
    we can set Birthdays, Anniversaries etc to remind us in advance, when to send an e-card/fax/snail mail = Very, very, customer / friend oriented = P.s. please do send an animated card to their children...
    we can print a diary of selected Category(s)
    it is 90% of something rather than 20% of nothing :-)
    <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/StephenElms_sig.jpg> Didn't think that I made my first post here on 5th February 2001...!

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