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    Outlook vs. OE (6)

    All,

    I am posting this two-part question to both the Outlook and OE forums.

    Background: We are running OE6 (I think) at home on a box running XP Home which is connected via a wireless router to a cable modem and a broadband, always on connection. We have multiple environments set up on the PC for the various family members.

    Part 1: I am considering switching from OE to Outlook for our email processing. What are the pros and cons of such a move? I have a vague concern that OE might be too susceptible to viruses, etc.

    Part 2: Should I decide to make the switch, is there somewhere I could go to get a step-by-step set of instructions for making the transfer?

    TIA, Douglas

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    Re: Outlook vs. OE (6)

    Brief version. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    There is not a lot of difference between OE and OL as to virus susceptibility. OL has a lot more features, is a lot more complex, and has a substantial learning curve, but OL doesn't newsgroup. In OL, you can import from OE via (OL 2000 menus) File | Import and Export | Internet Mail and Addresses | Outllook Express.
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    Re: Outlook vs. OE (6)

    As far as I can see, there is only one significant different between the security models of Outlook and Outlook Express, and that relates to attachment blocking. In Outlook, executable files and shortcuts are blocked (made inaccessible) by default, and other files are not, and registry edits are required to change the file extensions that Outlook blocks. In Outlook Express, you either can block all attachments, or none of them; I haven't checked in many months, but I don't recall any way to be selective.

    Both programs allow you to (and you should) open HTML-format mail in the "Restricted Zone" to block malicious active content from running. Both use Internet Explorer to render HTML and therefore will experience the same vulnerabilities that are frequently patched in IE.

    There are many non-security-related differences, in fact, many more than I could begin to list. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Outlook vs. OE (6)

    What OS and how do you control the different multiple environments and please define each and how they are used?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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