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Old January 31st 14, 09:41 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
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Default Outlook Express Replacement

Bill in Co wrote:

VanguardLH wrote:
Bill in Co wrote:

In case anyone is interested, there is an Outlook Express Replacement
called OE Classic, which will apparently work in all versions of

h**p:// www. oeclassic. c*m/

"OE Classic is email and Usenet reader designed to be a perfect
replacement for Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail and
even Mozilla Thunderbird." (from their site)

You forgot to mention it costs $25 for the Pro version. The free
version is limited to only 2 e-mail accounts, limited number of
identities, cannot import .wab files (address books) or messages from
OE, there is no export feature, cannot even drag messages out of the
program onto the desktop, composes only in HTML, inserts line breaks at
odd places, you don't get the latest version as do Pro users, and
according to a user review at Cnet, the free version appends an ad
signature to your outbound e-mails (and why I also no longer recommend
EssentialPIM as a cheap alternative to MS Outlook -- you cannot add your
own signature in its options and you have to erase their spam signature
in your outbound e-mails). This is why the free version is called

There are free unfettered and more stable alternatives some which you
mentioned (if you demand an e-mail/newsgroups combination client).

Yes, the Pro version seems a lot better, but I think $25 for such an
application would be well worth it for anyone who used and truly enjoyed OE.
The Pro version is admitedly not free, but it's pretty cheap, I think,
considering the use one would presumably get out of it.

But you should mention price, especially when suggesting a replacement
to a free program (Outlook Express). Many users do NOT want to go from
a free program to a paid replacement if they don't have to, and they
don't have to. There are toll roads but if the travellers know ahead of
time about the tolls than many will use alternate non-toll routes.