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Outlook Express 6 - Free Email Program

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User Rating 2.5 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


Outlook Express - Free Email Program

Outlook Express - Free Email Program

Heinz Tschabitscher

The Bottom Line

Outlook Express is a simple, easy to use and friendly email program that gets the job done while protecting your privacy and security. It lacks tools and features for heavy email users, though.


  • Outlook Express is easy and fun to use
  • Flexible HTML editing and creative stationery lets you add pizzazz to your messages
  • Outlook Express has solid privacy and security features, supports digital IDs and S/MIME encryption


  • Outlook Express does not include a useful spam filter
  • Weak filters and no messages templates make Outlook Express less suited for handling lots of mail
  • Outlook Express's plain text editing capabilities, though present, are limited


  • Outlook Express manages multiple POP, IMAP, MSN and Hotmail accounts.
  • Lets you compose and receive rich HTML emails, create fancy and fun emails with stationery.
  • Outlook Express supports S/MIME-encrypted emails and TLS/SSL encryption for server connections.
  • Configured to block remote image downloads, Outlook Express protects your privacy.
  • A special mode makes Outlook Express show all mail in secure plain text only.
  • Potentially dangerous attachments are blocked by Outlook Express automatically.
  • Views allow the customization of mailbox displays to ease the handling of larger amounts of mail.
  • Outlook Express lets you create simple message rules for automatic incoming mail filing.
  • Outlook Express supports Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/3/XP.

Guide Review - Outlook Express 6 - Free Email Program

Outlook Express has come a long way from a security nightmare to a sane email client that protects your privacy and security, even by default. If you want to go for maximum security, you can switch to a text-only mode that disables all potentially harmful content thoroughly. Still, you can balance this security with Outlook Express' fun features.

Support for HTML email is superb (you can even edit the HTML source directly) and the ability to use stationery can certainly be a reason to use Outlook Express. If your preferred format for email replies is to quote the text using indentation and reply immediately after a referenced passage, Outlook Express is sure to make you fail, however. Fortunately, that's not the only way to compose replies.

The filtering system in Outlook Express is difficult to use but weak, and message templates are missing completely (unless you succeed at using stationery for that purpose). Outlook Express also lacks a built-in spam filter, but there are many third party tools and plug-ins that make up for that.

While the lack of advanced features makes Outlook Express less apt for heavy users of email, it is a clean, fast, simple and pretty secure email client for everybody else.

User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
Ootlook Express is spoiling hotmail, Member disatisfied007

It.is very difficult to log on It was impossible to reply to an email Sripts are not so easy to read Typing is ofen interrupted Outlook promised a review section under ""options ' but could not find options Not customer friendly. All of sudden, I have a problem. Not true.The problem was YOURS. Customer of many years has trouble logging on.What sort of delivery is that? Computers exist to serve people. Not the other way around. I have very happily used Hotmail for many years. It seems now that you have entered Nerdworld rather than people world, so unless you can fix your existing problems pronto and at least have the decency to respond to customers concerns without a whole lot of unnecessary rigmarole, I will find another Internet provider. Can't say I m holding my breath and it's a very competitive industry out there. Can ' t do it without people, so try looking after customers and behaving like human beings.

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