I'm not familiar with Outlook (2000) but my better half has taken a real shine to it. A potentially difficult situation arises when she wants to archive mail then be able to read it from CD on a machine that may not have Outlook installed. My limited research thus far has tended to indicate that there's nothing (vaguely satisfactory) around in the way of a standalone .PST file reader, let alone a portable one... let alone a free one! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. All the "solutions" I've seen require Outlook, not only to be installed, but also currently able to "see" the archived files in question... rather pointless doing this exercise with that being the case!
Anyhow, here's my proposal for this, and I'm hoping someone might have tried this or similar before and can comment on its viability. Let's say we're archiving all folders year by year, so as to end up with top-level folders like 2005, 2006, 2007, ... on an archive CD.
1. Install Mozilla Thunderbird - Portable Edition on a memory stick, as well as possibly on her own machine, for convenience.
2. Use the Thunderbird - Importing Outlook Emails and Addressbooks capability to create the "Outlook Mail folder" indicated, for the archiving operation e.g. the year 2005.
3. Using the information in How do I export e-mail messages to another mail program or computer?, copy the Thunderbird mbox files to a 2005 folder on the CD.
4. On the USB stick, create a profile called "Current", which Portable Thunderbird will look at by default.
5. When wanting to view all the 2005 archive on a generic machine, copy the 2005 folder "Mail" sub-folder onto the USB stick, replacing the Mail sub-folder in the "Current" profile. (Maybe need to turn off read-only flags? If not, might be able to use directly from CD.)
6. Browse 2005 mail by running Portable Thunderbid from USB stick. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
Any thoughts on this appreciated.