Screenshot of Outlook Express in Details Type, Included with,,,, Also available for,,,,,, Replaced by, Related components Outlook Express, formerly known as Microsoft Internet Mail and News, is a discontinued and included with versions through to. As such, it was bundled with several versions of, from to, and was available for,,,,, and. In, Outlook Express was superseded. In, Outlook Express was superseded. Outlook Express is a different application from. The two apps do not share a common codebase, but they do share a common architectural philosophy. The similar names lead many people to conclude incorrectly that Outlook Express is a stripped-down version of Microsoft Outlook.
Outlook Express uses the to store contact information and integrates tightly with it. On Windows XP, it also integrates with. Microsoft Internet Mail and News Version 1.0 was released as Microsoft Internet Mail and News in 1996 following the release. This add-on precedes the Internet Mail profile for 4.0 bundled in. Version 2.0 was released at the end of 1996. Internet Mail and News handled only and rich text () email, lacking.
Windows Mail has been removed from Windows 7, along with several other applications. We'll look at where to find their replacements. Outlook Express is no longer available or supported by Microsoft. We can help you move your email and contacts to Outlook.com. Outlook.com is a free personal web-based email service that's easy to use.
In 1997 the app was changed and renamed as Outlook Express and bundled with. Icy Tower 2. The Windows executable file for Outlook Express, msimn.exe, is a holdover from the Internet Mail and News era.
Like Internet Explorer, Outlook Express 4 can run on Mac System 7, OS 8, and OS 9. At one point, in a later beta version of Outlook Express 5, Outlook Express contained a sophisticated and adaptive system; however this feature was removed shortly before launch. It was speculated on various websites and newsgroups at that time, that the feature was not stable enough for the mass market. Nearly two years later, a similar system, using a similar method of adaptive filtering, appeared as a feature of Microsoft Outlook.
Required Outlook Express 5 to save Web Archive files (see ). Outlook Express 6 is the last version of the software with Outlook branding. It has a similar layout to Outlook Express 5. It was included with Windows XP. A third-party version of Outlook Express 6 is available for Windows 7, 8, and 10.
This is convenient for users, especially older users, who have grown comfortable with the software and don't need the additional features in Outlook. The third-party version uses the same email and address book file formats as the original Outlook Express 6. Not only has Microsoft stopped supporting Outlook Express 6, but each Windows 10 update deletes the program files. The email and address book files remain in place, so a user can save those files, reinstall Outlook Express 6, and re-import the emails and address book.
A feature of the third-party version can perform this restore automatically. Versions for Windows [ ] • Microsoft Internet Mail and News 1.0 was released in 1996 with Internet Explorer 3.
• Microsoft Internet Mail and News 2.0 was released later in 1996. • Outlook Express 4.0, which was included in (June 1998) and integrated with, stored messages in *.mbx files (similar to the format used in based systems) • Outlook Express 5.0, which was included in (June 1999) and integrated with, switched to *.dbx files, with a separate file for each mailbox folder • Outlook Express 5.01 was included in (February 2000) and integrated with Internet Explorer 5.01. • Outlook Express 5.5 was included in (June 2000) and integrated with Internet Explorer 5.5.
• Outlook Express 6.0 was included in (October 2001) and integrated with. See also: Replacements [ ] Beta screenshots of Outlook Express 7 appeared in early builds of and relied on for the management and storage of contacts and other data.
In October 2005, Microsoft announced that Vista would exclusively include a new application named. In November 2007, Microsoft released (originally Windows Live Mail Desktop) as a downloadable alternative for Outlook Express on Windows XP. Outlook Express cannot run on.
A built-in app was publicly introduced in the initial release of macOS, called. (up to the 2008 edition) and then (in Office 2011 and later), sold as part of for, can be considered an indirect paid replacement for Outlook Express. OE Classic a is non-Microsoft alternative.
Criticism [ ] Email standards [ ] Beginning with the text-based, email traditionally used the inline or bottom when replying to messages. Ms Office S on this page. Outlook Express, as well as and Microsoft Outlook, top-post (show replies newest to oldest) by default. Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange use a email attachment format called (TNEF) to handle formatting and other features specific to Outlook such as meeting requests. Outlook Express and other email clients are unable to read this format.
This can be confusing to Outlook Express users (as well as those who use other email clients) who receive attachments sent from Outlook. Database corruption [ ] Outlook Express has been prone to a number of problems which can corrupt its files database, especially when the database increases in size due to an increasing number of stored emails and during database compaction. This has led to a thriving market for apps that can back up, restore and recover corrupted files. An open-source project called UnDBX was also created, which seems to be successful in recovering corrupt databases.
Microsoft has also released documentation which may be able to correct some non-severe problems and restore access to email messages, without resorting to third-party solutions. However, with the latest updates applied, Outlook Express now makes backup copies of DBX files prior to compaction. They are stored in the. If an error occurs during compaction and messages are lost, the DBX files can be copied from the recycle bin.
Security issues [ ] Outlook Express was one of the earlier email clients to support and scripts. As a result, emails were commonly infected with.
Previously, another security flaw was that a could automatically be opened as an. Another bug was in Outlook Express's attachment handling that allowed an executable to appear to be a harmless attachment such as a graphics file. Opening or previewing the email could cause code to run without the user's knowledge or consent. Outlook Express uses Internet Explorer to render HTML email. Internet Explorer has been widely criticized [ ] for having numerous security flaws [ ]. With Outlook Express SP2 (part of Windows XP SP2), Microsoft has tried to correct the security holes. Outlook Express now blocks images inside emails by default.
It uses only the restricted security zone for HTML email, which disables scripts and imposes restrictions on what web content can be rendered. It also warns when opening potentially malicious attachments. Handling of PGP/MIME signed messages [ ] Outlook Express does not correctly handle, and will not display the body of signed messages inline.
Users get a filled email and one attachment (one of the message text and one of the signature) and therefore need to open an attachment to see the email. If the email has been several times, users need to open attached email messages one inside the other multiple times to reach the parent email message. This bug has still not been rectified. The proper behavior is described in. When replying or forwarding a message to a user who has a digital signature, Outlook Express gives an error and does not allow the user to continue if there is no digital signature installed for the sender. Extensibility [ ] Outlook Express does not have a documented like Microsoft Outlook. Programmatic access to, or control of Outlook Express for custom messaging applications or plugins is not officially documented and supported by Microsoft.
IStoreNamespace and IStoreFolder interfaces were documented in 2003, but they are only related to the storage. Some companies have managed to create their plugins hacking the interface using Windows. A significant one was the plugin because it was the only example of a working plugin whose was available (licensed under ).
By 2003, some companies provided commercial solutions to develop add-ins. Office 2007 spell checker incompatibility [ ] Outlook Express does not have a dedicated spell checker. It can use the spell checkers from if Office is also installed. However, the spell checkers, except for the French spell checker, are incompatible with Outlook Express. Microsoft has acknowledged this problem, but does not provide any sort of remedy.
A solution is to install any pre-Office 2007 proofing tools or use a third party spell-checking app for Outlook Express., which is based on Windows Mail's source code, contains built-in spell checking support (now for US English and numerous other languages) and is freely downloadable for. Glitches and other unusual aspects [ ] Cancelling sending an email while it is being sent does not effectively prevent it from being sent. Similarly, when importing files, cancelling the import while it is in progress merely cancels the import of the current folder and the import resumes with the next folder. [ ] Furthermore, Outlook Express only supports.dbx files that are smaller than 2 GB, and may have performance problems when dealing with files approaching that limit. See also [ ] • • • • • • • • References [ ]. September 28, 2010. From the original on November 27, 2010.