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    Outlook or Outlook Express (OE 6.0)

    Have been reading through posts here and on the OE board, but haven't quite found the answer I'm hoping for. Would some helpful Loungers be able to offer me advice on whether to stick with OE or to switch to Outlook?

    Background:
    - have always used Outlook Express; have never used Outlook (until recently, used Office 97 on Windows 95 so avoided Outlook 97 on advice of Woody)
    - now have Windows XP with Office XP (and a tech upgrade to Office 2003 coming next month)
    - primary use of OE is for email
    - primary use of Outlook, if we switch, would be email

    Are we better to stick with OE and just ignore our new Outlook and its tempting shortcut on our desktop or is the new Outlook worth learning now as it is a better/ more reliable/ stable program?

    Any advice greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Outlook or Outlook Express (OE 6.0)

    My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>, if you only want e-mail stick with OE; but if you want to keep Contacts information for your friends such as birthdays, addresses, phone numbers, and Calendar information such as vacation days, doctors appointments, etc, try Outlook.

    It will take you a while to build the Contacts database to where it is useful, and Outlook is more complex to learn. It is not more stable, it's files can get big, but you can do a lot more with it.

    Where Outlook especially shines (as much as I grumble about it's annoyances) is in it's calendar approintment, meeting planner and conferencing capabilities; you won't use those much in a home environment, but they are invaluable in a corporate environment.
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    Re: Outlook or Outlook Express (OE 6.0)

    If you only need email, use Outlook Express. If you need calerndar and contacts, use Outlook.

    It's not about which is the better program but which is better for your needs.

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    Re: Outlook or Outlook Express (OE 6.0)

    John and MJ,

    Thanks for your good advice. Given our current small home-based office needs, sounds like we'd be best to stick with Outlook Express, for now because I can make it work, but learn Outlook, too, for its expanded capabilities, future needs, etc.

    One further question: is it possible to run both programs? I mean, use OE for email, but set up Outlook, too, for practise? I'm always afraid, as a non-techie, of messing up things (i.e., things that I've managed to get working!)!!

    Thanks again!

    Linda

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    Re: Outlook or Outlook Express (OE 6.0)

    I've never tried to use Outlook with no mail accounts set up, but I suppose it must be possible to do so. Is there any harm in trying? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Outlook or Outlook Express (OE 6.0)

    With your answer in mind, I have started Outlook, and am working through a "how to" book on Planning and Scheduling with Outlook. Seems to be going well so far. Maybe when I get comfortable with the program, I'll feel brave enough to use it for email, too.

    My biggest concern is its stability vs OE's. Sounds as if neither is more stable than the other. We non-techies long for the day when software IS stable - or at least, stable enough for us to be able to correct on our own!

    Thanks for the help!

    Linda

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