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    Microsoft kills off Outlook Express (after 6)

    Apparently, because Internet Explorer will no longer be stand alone in future versions of Windows - but part of Windows Explorer - there will be no further development of Outlook Express.

    Microsoft seems to be expecting Hotmail, MSN and Outlook (as in the Microsoft Office application) to fill the gap.

    http://asia.cnet.com/newstech/applications...39145881,00.htm
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    Re: Microsoft kills off Outlook Express (after 6)

    The great majority of people who use OE use it because it does what they need, it is free in the browser called IE they already paid MS for, most of the HSD ISP's use it for email, and they can have it up for their newsreader for the large number who use an NG. If they use Outlook, they'll still need a newsreader from Microsoft--currently Outlook deploys the OE newsreader, or the increasing competition to Microsoft that is available will supply it (as Mr. Ballmer found out when he stopped his ski vacation), and went to Munich to save their account and could not and lost out to Linux. HP with their own OS, is increasingly beginning to apply Linux--to their printers using more than one domain for example instead of HP-UX.

    If they are using it to increase license sales, they will probably find that they are going to have to supply plain old fashion price cuts for Office, particularly when they are opting to rachet and ration their heavily promoted xml only to pull it back for many of the coming office editions in 2003 as it goes to the OEM's this morning. There are plenty of people who will step up to fill the niche that OE provided at a much lower cost than Outlook I predict. The people who have Office will have Outlook albeit with possibly not the xml that was promised and so widely showcased and hyped.

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    Re: Microsoft kills off Outlook Express (after 6)

    Could this be related to rumors that AOL is no longer going to support Netscape??!!

    If someone comes up with a nice clean, secure, bulletproof POP3 client that OEMs can brand with their own name, I bet you could get that on quite a few desktops down the road...

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    Re: Microsoft kills off Outlook Express (after 6)

    AMEN. I suppose the only theoretical candidate for OEM naming is Eudora - which I've never tried.

    Mozilla Thunderbird seems to be trying to leverage themselves into users. It's a good product, but there'd have to be a SERIOUS sea change for it to have OEM branding.
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    Re: Microsoft kills off Outlook Express (after 6)

    My use of OE is limited to new.

    Surely.MSFT wil lbe bundling a newsreader somewhere.

    One could read newsgrouos with IE, but that's a poor way to go.

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    Re: Microsoft kills off Outlook Express (after 6)

    They arent' killing off OE Howard--they may even be beefing it up. There was a communications glitch and a "whoops Redmond!" between the OE product manager Dan Leach and whoever it was who made him think they were killing it.

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    OE Alive, Well, and Part of Longhorn.

    Of course, OE has always been a part of Windows if you buy the MS arguement that the browser cannot be severed from XP anyway.

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