Hi, Leo. I hate Windows 7 and I’m thinking of getting Windows 8. Will I be
able to use Outlook Express on that version? Because I miss dreadfully not being
able to use it on Windows 7.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #58, I look again at why Outlook Express must die and the fact that it
is not coming back.
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Well, I’ll put it this way: if you don’t like Windows 7, you’re really not
going to like Windows 8.
It’s Windows 7 and then some. The number of changes that they continue to
make are fairly dramatic and people that are averse to change are probably not
going to enjoy this either.
Outlook Express is dead
To answer your question about Outlook Express – Outlook Express is dead.
Dead, dead, dead. It is not coming back.
There is no hope for it coming back and in fact, I strongly, strongly
recommend that anybody who is still using Outlook Express seriously consider
moving to a different email program.
I personally use and recommend Thunderbird, but there are many, many
The problem with Outlook Express is that Microsoft hasn’t supported it now for
close to a decade. That means that there have been no bug fixes.
The problem that I have with Outlook Express (from a purely practical point
of view) is simply that I hear of more email being lost due to Outlook Express
than pretty much any other reason. There are bugs in the program:
There are issues that are simply not going to get fixed.
There are security issues that are simply not going to be addressed.
It’s not that I don’t like Outlook Express. Outlook Express was a wonderful
email program and I understand people’s real reluctance to move to something
else. Outlook Express worked really well for a really long time. But the fact
of the matter is Microsoft stopped supporting it a long time ago. It wasn’t in
Vista; it wasn’t in Windows 7 and it’s not going to be in Windows 8.