Just a tip for the Outlook 5 or 6 users : as I am using the same computer at home and at work (Sony Vaio Laptop),I once made the mistake to send a very personal e-mail to a work contact . I realized that as soon as I clicked the "send" button....too late !! I was online, and Outlook immediately sent the item ! If only I had unchecked the "send messages immediately" option on the Tools-Options-Send menu, now I would not regret that click ! Hope this will help others not to make the same mistake ! Paolo
When your family are scattered all over the world, its hard to keep in touch at a reasonable price. Phone calls long distance and international are very expensive. Now I can send a letter electronically for free. I do this via Outlook 5. Outlook 5 is an email package that is well known throughout the internet. It is available as part of most computer deals from major shops or as an add on from a software outlet. When It starts up it shows you if you have any email messages unread. Much easier than checking your inbox manually. When you open up Outlook, it autmatically looks through you preferneces for mail locations and checks for incoming items. It also sends any items you have held back. The best bit is that it connects up to pop3 email addresses. That means you can retrieve your hotmail messages directly from hotmail. This is very handy if you have multiple email addresses. The layout is very simple and you can soon get the hang of it. It has many benefits over online email systems. Firstly, you can prepare messages offline. This saves you time and money by not being forced to be connected while composing. Secondly, your messages are stored on your PC making it more controllable. No worry about space hungry server managers deleting important stuff if you dont visit it every 10 days. Thirdly, it connects up to online email systems via pop3 so it does what they do anyway. I would not be without Outlook. Its simply the best
In this day and age, you don’t have much choice for products like email clients. Microsoft is about it, No one else can compete with them. There are others available however, but in my opinion, Outlook Express is the way forward. Not to be confused with Microsoft Outlook, which is another email client, but is different to Outlook Express. Outlook express 5, is not the latest version available, I think they are on 5.5 now. But with the release of Internet Explorer 6 very soon, I am sure there will be an Outlook Express 6 coming with that, what it is like, I don’t know. I have used Outlook Express for a long time now, and been perfectly happy with it. I never could get on with its bigger brother, Microsoft Outlook. It was too complicated and fancy for what I wanted. I wanted a piece of software that would look at my email, download it onto my computer and allow me to read and write emails offline. This was very useful for me, especially since I use a dial up modem, and being from the UK, 24/7 access for free is not very common and so often would cost a lot of money to send and receive emails via online email accounts. Outlook Express does this perfectly with no hassle. That’s what it’s all about. I don’t want all these fancy customisation tools to change the look of my buttons, or window background colour. It’s just a waste of time. Although I have changed, and often change, the tool bar backgrounds on Outlook Express, so it shows a nice picture instead of just a grey box, but that’s all I want. (You need a plugin from Microsoft in order to do this, if you want to know how, check out my website, when it finally gets up and running again, or email me) “The Basics” Outlook Express usually bundles with Internet Explorer and the 2 work together. For instance clicking a link inside an email within Outlook Express will open a window in Explorer, as opposed to browsers such as Netscape. This
provides good compatibility, and reduces problems, because both pieces of software are made with each other in mind. It is an email client, obviously, and can retrieve your email from any email server, using POP3 email. “Pros” Quite a few of them. It’s hard to compare Outlook Express to other software, because as mentioned above, there isn’t many others to compare against. #Multiple email accounts.# Very useful, for me at least. It allows you to set up multiple email accounts, so you can send and receive email from any number of email addresses. There isn't a limit to the number of accounts you can have, to the best of my knowledge anyway ( I would be interested to find out if there is, if anyone knows). This means you can retrieve your email, from say, Hotmail, Yahoo! And Lineone, for example. All in one go, saving you time having to go to each individual web site and logging into your account, viewing, sending and deleting all the email in that account, then having to sign out and log into your next one. For someone like me who has a large number of email accounts for various correspondence, this is a very useful feature. Last count I had 17 email addresses, that’s a lot of web sites to have to find in order to read them all (Granted most of for my website and so all use the same server). #IMAP#. This is another feature I have found useful. This only works it your email server supports it. Most ISP email accounts will support this though. It allows you to view, edit, organise etc your emails on the server, without having to download them onto your computer. This means that they are not deleted from your server when you download them, and so can be accessed again from another computer easily. This function is also switchable so you can turn it on, maybe if your email is for work and you want to be able to view it, as well as your secretary, while you are away on business. For exam
ple. I find it useful, because I host a number of email addresses for other people on my web site server, this function allows me to temporally set up an account on my computer, for their email and download email etc for fault finding, and not have to worry about it downloading any email they may have and then having to forward it all to them. However I wouldn’t recommend doing this if the email accounts are for someone who you don’t know. They may not like you reading their email. #Address book.# This is a very useful feature, and probably one of the big reasons I like Outlook Express. The address book is a database that is created on installing Outlook Express, where you can store names, addresses, telephone number, email addresses, birthdays, sex, mother maiden name! Almost all the information you may want to store about someone. This database is then open for other applications to access, for example Word. So you can extract someone’s address from your address book direct into Word, without having to copy and paste etc. Also when composing emails, you can just type the persons name, or nickname into the ‘TO’ box and Outlook will automatically complete the email address etc for you. This has a few advantages. 1, Is it means you don’t have to try and remember everyone’s email address. And 2, is when you send an email to multiple people, it doesn’t show up everyone’s email address in the email body. It is still possible for them to find out these addresses, as it is stored in the source code for the email, but at a glance your not revealing everyone’s address to spammers etc. The big disadvantage with this function is its venerability. If you remember the ‘LoveBug’ Virus, that took the world by storm, that spread itself by using your address book database and retrieving all the email addresses within it. Anything can access it if given the chance. However, it is s
tored on your local hard drive and so is not open to the general public, and is a lot safer than online address books which can be accessed by any semi capable hacker, revealing a lot of personal information. #Security# Outlook Express has been slammed a few times for its lack of security, reading through epinions on here will show you. However with a little setting up, you can make email messages you send secure, by using its encryption function. This encrypts the email, so only the person you intend it for can read it. Digital signing is another feature, this signs the email with a digital signature proving the email came from you. However security will come up again under cons. #Newsgroups# I thought I would add these to the pros, because I am sure some of you use them. Me personally never use Newsgroups etc, but basically it allows you to receive news bulletins etc via news groups, directly onto your computer, a bit like the morning newspaper arriving in your mailbox. Again you can set up multiple news groups from a number of sources. #Bit of fun# The nice thing also about Outlook Express, is its function to send HTML messages. Or stationary as it is known. You can send, basically, web pages as emails, made up using any HTML, DHTML scripts. So your email doesn’t have to be boring plain black text on a white screen, you can send emails that have DHTML animations, or animated text. Maybe have it play music or even run Java scripts. However, obviously, unlike a web site, you don’t have a directory in which graphics etc can be stored, so this limits the things you can do. Unless you know the receiver has the required file on their computer and you know its location. For instance I recently sent an email that had smiley faces flying all over it. I used the smiley face image from Yahoo! Messenger as the image file, because I could link to that on their computer as well. But unique graphics etc require you to either
have the file on their computer already, or be able to link to it online somewhere. This function is also useful if maybe you want to run a newsgroup, or subscription service, as you can just use the email as a base for an online website, so when it is received it can access an online directory and load all graphics, backgrounds, text etc into the email, instead of having to send it all in the email, it can basically just be a link, saving space and sending time. Obviously you have you basic functions too, like text colour, fonts, basic images etc, and file attachments. #Finally# Another pro, is the ability to organise your emails. Instead of being produced with a long list of emails all in date order, you can sort them by sender, receiver, received date, sent date, subject, etc, meaning finding an email is easy. With separate folders for your Inbox, Outbox, Drafts and deleted emails, it makes it very neat and easy to use. And because it is on your local drive, quotas are not a problem, like with online email accounts, because you can store emails for as long as you want on your hard drive and only limited by the size of your hard disk. This is useful for maybe confirmation emails, or information you may want to keep for future reference. “cons” It has a few. #security# As mentioned above, it is prone to viruses, worms especially, due to its accessibility, it can be taken advantage off and viruses can be executed within it easily. But a good Anti-Virus package will sort that problem out. Norton for example, because it scans the emails as they are downloaded and will prevent a virus being executed before it arrives on your computer. If you’re using any dial up connection without Anti-Virus software, you’re asking for trouble anyway. #Upgrade# Not often upgrades appear under cons. But I think in this case it is a problem with the software. If you install a newer version of Internet
Explorer, or Office, or anything that bundles with Outlook Express, it will upgrade Outlook Express too. This in itself is a good thing, because obviously you want to keep up to date. But any emails etc you have in Outlook Express will be lost, unless you save them separately. This is a real pain sometimes, and means you have to save any emails you want to keep meaning they are kept on your computer twice, so in a sense taking up twice the space. And when the email contains large attachments, this can amount up to quite a bit. #ISPs# Some ISPs do not play well with Outlook. I found NTL and BT being 2 that can cause you problems. They tend to not let you connect to your email server, meaning you can only download their email and no one else’s. Not sure if this is to make you use their email service, or just rubbish servers. It is possible to get around this, but I do not know how. However this really isn't fair in this review as that is a problem with the ISPs, not Outlook, it does at least attempt to retrieve it. Apart from that, there isn't anything else I would class as a major problem with it. Overall it is a good bit of software. Much easier to use than Microsoft Outlook and online email accounts. Ideal for people who use dial up connections, as emails etc can be written offline and you only need to go online to send the mail, or receive new ones. I wouldn’t use anything else.
Outlook express 5 is one of those email systems that you either love or hate. It all depends on who your ISP is really. If your ISP is one which automatically sets up OE up for you (e.g. BT Internet) then you’ll generally think OE is a great programme. However, if your ISP is some other, lesser popular internet provider then you’ll probably hate OE! We used to be on X-stream at one point and trying to figure out the OE setting for them was impossible. Impossible is no understatement either….we never did get our email system to work. The furthest we got was being able to send but not receive emails! Now we’re with BT Internet, the whole email business is far simpler! I’ll start by explaining how you go about setting up your email account (assuming that your ISP hasn’t done it automatically). Firstly open OE5 (good start huh!) You need to open “Tools” then “Accounts” then click on the “Mail” tab and click on “Add” à “Mail”. If you’ve made it this far then you’re doing well! Basically from this point on it’s down to you. Just follow the on screen instructions. After you’ve filled in your name, then clicked next, then typed your email address, then clicked next again. It is on this page that you’ll start to struggle! It is from this point on that I take no responsibility for any actions you perform to your PC! Most of the answers you need for this page can be found on your ISP’s help pages. (However this is not (or it wasn’t) the case for X-stream network). Assuming you do find them then fill them in, in the appropriate boxes. For BT Internet the settings are: “My incoming mail server is: POP3” “Incoming mail: mail.btinternet.com” “Outgoing mail: mail.btinternet.com” However not all ISP’s use this. Some are more co
mplicated than others. Some of which are unimaginably complicated to figure out! If you’ve managed to fill in that page though you’ll be able to use email accounts easily from now on (hopefully!). Now, assuming you’ve managed to get your email account to actually work you can start experimenting on what else OE5 has to offer. On the main page after opening OE5 you see the default page showing you how many unread messaged you have in your inbox, along with other links to things including “write new message”, “open address book” etc. On the left hand side of the screen you see your “contacts” which will show you the email addresses you have added of family/friends. Also down on the left hand side you have links to your “Inbox”, “Outbox”, “Sent items”, “Deleted items”, “Drafts” and if your with BT Internet you also get a “news.btinternet.com” link. To write a new email message you need to either: 1. Double click on the persons’ name from your “contacts” list. Or 2. Click on the “New mail” button on the taskbar at the top of the screen. If you are sending an email via method 2 you need to type the persons email address into the “to” box. (The CC box is for if you want to make carbon copies and send the email to numerous people at once) You can then type a “Subject” line. Make it snappy, or just leave it blank. You are then ready to start writing your very first email!! Type away to your hearts consent! Before you send it though you could always make it more lively/interesting by making use of OE5’s facilities. For example, why not: ~ Make the background colour more interesting ~ Do this by two methods. Either: 1. Go to “Format” then “Background” then cl
ick on “Colour” – take your pick which colour you want! 2. Or you can make it even more interesting by going to “Format”, “Background” and then clicking on “Picture”. After the box has appeared click on “Browse” to choose the picture you want. ~ Add some sound effects ~ Go to “Format” then “Background” then click on “Sound” then “Browse”. Choose the sound (if your as fussy as me this can take anywhere between 5 minutes and an hour [dependant on how many sounds your PC shows!])…so you have been warned! After you’ve chosen on the sound click on open and then decide how many times you want it to play or if you want it to play continuously. Click “OK”. So, already your email is looking and/or sounding more interesting! You can do all the usual stuff, e.g. changing font size, colour, style and alignment from the toolbar on the email you are writing. [One tip though….don’t go adding weird and wonderful sounds/pictures to formal emails!!] You could send a photograph in your email as part of the email (by clicking on the “Insert picture” button and then clicking on the appropriate file) or you could send a photo/programme/file (whatever takes your fancy really!) as an attachment. To send an attachment you need to: 1. Click on “Insert” then “File attachment”. 2. After picking which file/programme, etc you want to attach then click on “Attach” [makes sense I suppose!] You will then see the attachment named in an “attachment” section under the “Subject” box. Depending on what you attach, the email will be sent (and received by the person you’re sending it to) much slower than it would be normally. After all, a photograph isn’t a simple thing to send, or a la
rge programme! Then your ready to click the “Send” button! Hopefully it will send and be received easily, with no problems and then you’ll get hooked to email! If there are a few people who share the same OE5 programme on one PC but you all have your own email accounts, then why not password protect the individual accounts? To do this: 1. From the main default page click “Identities” then “Add new identity”. You then need to fill in the pages with the other person’s details. Fill in their name and then click on the “require a password” box. Fill in the password’s they want and then click ok. 2. You can then switch between accounts (or, assuming you don’t know their password/they don’t know yours, then you and/or their account can not be accessed by the other person!). (Very handy when you have either nosey kids or nosey parents!!) 3. You can also click on the option of which account is to open first when OE5 starts. There is much more to OE5 than what I’ve mentioned, after all, if I was to tell you about all the functions then I’d be here all month! The best thing to do is just have a mess around with it. It’s surprising what you might find! In conclusion, as long as you get to grips with OE5 (or alternatively you’re always asking for someone’s help….namely my dad asking my for help!) then you’ll enjoy using OE5. It has facilities for the professional e-mailer or for the more casual user. We’ll just have to wait and see what OE6 has with it!
Microsoft outlook Express is a competent Mail Client with a plethora of advanced features to automate the collection and distribution of e-mails. From standard mail merge incorporation to fancier automnate mail list creation the package provides and excellent balance of clear crisp interfaces with depth and breadth of featurees behind. The appliaction interacts well with I E 5 and the other internet programmes in the suite and on the whole is a excellent performer. I have only used one other E-mail Client in my computing lifetime, this was the rather clumsly bloated Eudora which is a poor cousing to O X-Press.
Outlook Express is the mail program/news reader that comes bundled with Microsoft Internet Explorer. Since this is installed on the vast majority of PC`s as they are delivered this means that it is a very opoular program. Most people never bother moving onto other products just because they can`t be bothered. The biggest reason people seem to have is that Outlook Express is written by microsoft, and they automatically assume that anything by Microsoft can`t possibly be worth using. I`m not going to get drawn into this debate, but I do want to say that I think this is a very childish opinion to have. This program handles email quite well - there are filters and rules you can apply to incoming mail but there are some features missing that I would like to see introduced. Forexample there is no way to filter mail based on header information - so for example if you use Yahoo.com`s mail forwarding service you can`t filter the mail according to what address it was original sent to. This also makes it much harder to setup filters that get rid of Spam, but that`s life. The news reader side of the program is quite good, up to a point. I doubt that many people will have this problem, but there seems to be a size limit in a group before the program crashes horribly. If a newsgroup takes up more than about 750 megs of disk space then it all gets very unstable. This isn`t due to a lack of disk space on my PC - I had about 14 gigs of space free at the time, or a lack of memory, rather it appears to be a problem with the program. Then again, the only groups I`ve found with this kind of traffic are those that have people posting full CD images. This means that a single download can hit hundreds of megs, and most people can`t complete these downloads before they are deleted from the server, due to slow connection. Apart from that one program, everything else about Outlook Express is acceptable or better. It is free, stable (apart from whe
n you have stupidly large folders) and loads very quickly. Netscape takes about 10 seconds to load on my PC - Outlook loads in less than a second. Also if you use hotmail you can setup Outlook Express so that it synchronises your Hotmail account to let you read and write emails offline, and only connect to synchronise the changes with the Hotmail servers themselves. Give it a try - you`ve got nothing to lose.
Microsoft Outlook Express 5.0 is an excellent piece of software that is worth having on your computer for general purpose use. I use Microsoft Outlook Express not for its individual characteristics but for it being on my system when I installed it and had Microsoft Internet Explorer set up. However, the software is not bad at all. In fact it is far from it. I believe the package is excellent and is well worth utilising if you have it on your system. I use this e-mail for general purpose use for less important e-mails but I am now using it for more specialist e-mails. ********* Features of the E-mail ****** The software is definitely an improvement on previous e-mail provided by Microsoft and shown below are some of the main features included in the package. For the e-mails inbox you have the following options. These include icons at the top of the screen which enable you to write a new message, reply to a message, delete a highlighted message, print the message, reply to all mails sent to you, forward a message on to other people, view your address book and to send and receive for messages you may receive while you have Outlook open. In general, the site is very good as it is not too flash but it is not too simple. It is very easy to use and very user friendly as most of Microsoft’s products are. When you do receive the e-mail, it will be shown in the main screen opening that is in the centre of the screen and can enable you to view the message in a small box below or double click on it to view attachments or the message as a whole. Besides the inbox, you also have all the messages you have deleted from the inbox that are saved in case you require them at another time, the outbox for messages you may wish to keep to send at another time, an icon for all items you have sent previously which works the same as the deleted items icon and chances to save messages which you may need to keep bu
t what you don’t need in your inbox. In all this is a very good utility that is surely worth using if you have the programme on your computer. Well done Microsoft for another solid program that we can easily use
Bundled free with Internet Explorer 5.5, Outlook Express is a program which combines a mail client along with a newsreader. For a beginner, this may seem an attractive option. However, as you get more used to the software, it's faults will become apparent. Outlook Express' method of viewing e-mail and news artciles exposes itself to hack attempts, made famous by the Iloveyou bug. The program is also so large that it is clearly full of useless features. Newsreading with this program will also expose you to dreadful hard drive trashing as you initially access the newsgroup. This seems an unneeded problem - and makes the system work far too hard for what is essentially a simple task This program will also require a good lot of system resources whilst running, making it very unstable on lower-spec systems. even on upper class machines, this program leaves an awful lot to the imagination. On the plus side, this program is very good value (being free!) and comes in the usual Microsoft way - resulting in a really friendly user inferface. The address book and rules features are second to none also. Intergration with PDAs is also an advantage. If you are using Outlook Express at the moment, and you are happy with it, then keep it. However, if it crashes, or you find it too slow, look elsewhere. you aren't the only one to have had troubles, believe me!
Microsoft Outlook Express is my preferred email agent. It’s quick, simple and easy to use, and above all, it’s free. Currently in version 5.5, it comes bundled with Internet Explorer and is installed on most new computers. Armed with the information supplied from your ISP, your mail server details, it is incredibly easy to set up an account. By inputting these details, your account is set up in seconds. Some ISPs even provide the details in a downloadable .inf file, which will automatically configure Outlook Express for you, making it even easier to use. You are not restricted to one account, you can set up as many as you desire, all of which can be checked at the same time (provided your ISP will let you check your email on a different dial-up connection). To use different accounts when sending email, you just simply select which account to use from a drop down menu above the To field of the compose window. Account information can be saved to disk, to take to another computer, or to maintain a backup of your information. If you have a Hotmail address, it’s even easier, you just enter your email address and Outlook Express sets up the necessary server information for you, and you can read your Hotmail email offline. Outlook Express provides an easy to use email address, which is easily transported and for use on other computers or software. It can be outputted as a file for Outlook Express or as an Excel document, or a plain text file, with commas separating email addresses. It is easy to add addresses, as you reply to each email the address is added to your address book (although this option can be turned off). You can also right click on an email and select to add the sender to your address book, or you can manually enter the address the hard way. It’s not just an address book, as you can store personal details like addresses and phone numbers under each person’s entry in your address book. If you a
lso use Microsoft Messenger, your online contacts are displayed in your address book, and when you are on the internet it will show which ones are online and which ones aren’t, and you can either message them or send them email. Outlook Express makes it very easy to sort incoming email. Instead of having everything dumped in your inbox, you can set up folders, and assign rules to make sure your email ends up in the right place. Adding rules makes sure that when an email comes in with certain words in the subject, from a certain sender or to a certain email address will all be sent to one folder, to keep everything tidier and more manageable. Each folder is highlighted in bold as new email arrives in it, and a blue number tells the number of new emails contained in it. Similarly, each new email is highlighted in bold, and once it has been read returns to its normal face. Deleted email isn’t immediately disposed of, but moved to the deleted items folder, a bit like the recycle bin in Windows. This must be periodically emptied, but means you can save an email you accidentally delete. Outlook Express allows the user to set up profiles, so multiple users can use it. By creating a new profile (a password can be assigned to each for security), different users can read and send email without having other users having access to their email and account. Perfect for at home or work, or different family members with different email accounts. Composing email is also very easy. You can select your default font, size and colour so it doesn’t need to be changed each time you compose an email. Writing email is basically just like typing in word, you have all the features available, like alignment of text and underlining and italics. You can also design templates for use in your email by designing them in an HTML editor. Signatures can be composed in the options menu, and these can be added to the bottom of your outgoing emails. <
br> There are a wealth of options to use. The preview window, which can be used to read email without having to open each email, can be turned off to reduce the risk from virus, as some new viruses can be spread by viewing the email in the preview window. You can select whether the dial up connection is launched each time the program is opened, and how often to check for email when you are online. You can choose to have a sound played when you receive an email, drawing attention to the fact that you are important and someone has sent you email. It’s well designed and easy to use. The screen is divided up – the menu at the top, the buttons for composing email, replying and forwarding, etc beneath them. The remainder of the screen is divided into two columns – on the left hand side, the folders are displayed, and the address book, and on the right, there is the list of emails, and the preview window. This is the default setting and works fine for most, but can be configured to your needs. For free, I don’t think you could get better browsing software. It’s easy to use, has options to suit the novice and the experienced user, is stable and crash-free. It can be downloaded from the Microsoft Website, or from most magazine coverdiscs.
Microsoft Outlook Express Version 5 is a brilliant little software program that lets you send/recieve your e-mails from all your existing e-mail accounts. For example you may have two or three email accounts with different companies, which would mean checking each account individually, but if you have this program you can set it up to download all your e-mails from all you different accounts in one go. You can even get it to remember all your different user names and passwords for your different email accounts and you'll never need to type those usernames/passwords to access each account because the program will do it for you The program allows you to create e-mail folders to organise your e-mails, for example you may want an email from your boss to go to your work folder. The program also allows you to store information about people you know, including email addresses, names, home addresses etc. The program can check for new emails whenever you like and notify you when new emails arrive. And just to say I think its another excellent little program from Microsoft and everyone I know uses it. And the best part is you can download it for FREE!!!
Outlook Express is a free mail and newsgroup client in one. It is a free version of Outlook 2000 which is more of a personal organiser. The software is free if you downloaded it but as it comes part of Windows now, it came as a cost. Outlook Express 5 allows you to collect mail from POP3 mail servers and send mail through SMTP servers and now has the added feature to collect mail from a MSN Hotmail account and send mail. The software also allows you to collect messages from news servers. There are possibilities of snychronising your news accounts as well. Another feature of Outlook Express is that you can create different users for Outlook Express and switch to them using passwords. But the feature which puts it above Eudora in my opinion is the fact that you can use more than one email address for each identity. This is because I have a few POP accounts and Eudora only lets you check one of them.
I had Outlook Express 5.0 already loaded onto the computer when I bought it. I had two views really, first when I didn’t know how to use it I thought what a rubbish e-mail tool but after being taught how to use it by my brother I actually think it’s quite good. So, I’ll tell you why I disliked it and why I now like it. First of all Outlook Express takes a lot of hard drive space which can slow other programs up. And even on a 56k modem it does take quite a long time to load up. I don’t know whether anyone else realised this but it would make a crackling noise every time I would open so after a bit I didn’t bother. The reason I have learnt that happened is that if you have to many browsers open, the computer can’t cope hence the noise. It took much longer to open and read the e-mail than the web-based e-mail. However, since I have learnt how to use Microsoft Outlook Express things have been much easier. It comes with: -e-mail and newsgroups -multiple accounts and identities -HTML message support -Address book and directory services -offline synchronisation I think the best thing by far is the ability to read messages offline that has to be the best. You don’t need to log on to read your mail. I like the way you can personalise your e-mails by format the background by changing the colour, font and picture. You can make it high priority, normal or low and add your own signature. There is also an easy to use spell checker, where you can spell check your e-mail almost instantly. Like many of the web-based e-mail there is an address book to manage your e-mail addresses. It’s quite sophisticated and allows you to have a ‘home’ and ‘business’ category. You can also make internet calls but I haven’t figured out how yet. Although, I do use a web-based e-mail, the Outlook Express 5.0 is more of a familye-mai
l and therefore anyone can use it, so if I receive an e-mail for the family from my Uncle then it comes in very handy. However, Outlook Express does allow you to have many e-mail addresses from different ISP’s and download them so it does give you quite a few options. Read the Microsoft newsletter, it’s very helpful and explains aspects of this programme really well. A very good e-mail tool and if you have it on your computer it’s worth using.
Ok, so you are using a pop E-mail server for your E-mail. So you use Outlook Express 5.0 from Microsoft to get your E-mail for you. Ok great, but what happens when you have more then one pop server? Well then you start to realise the major disadvantages of Outlook Express. Outlook Express by appearance looks to be a well made and professional program. In ways it is, I mean it very rarely has any problems retreaving E-mails for you and when it does it tells you what the error was. The problem I have found with Outlook Express 5.0 is that it takes a very long time to load if you have a slow processor and when it has loaded, it eats up all your computers memory. On top of this when it checks your E-mail for you it takes a very long time to begin checking and end checking. Not only that but if you are on more then one pop server, it takes an extremely long time for it to check a different mail account. While using Outlook Express I have found my computer to crash a lot more and have greater slow downs. It seriously annoys me this program and it will also annoy anyone who has a slow processor like myself. For anyone who has a nice, fast processor and good memory, then Outlook Express is a good program for you. I have seen it work on good, fast machines and it appears to run just fine. I still think it will take a long time to check different mail accounts, but this may seem worth it if you have a fast computer. To anyone with slow computers or even fast computers, I recommend switching your accounts to a web based E-mail account so that you won't have to use this program. I have found using web based E-mail accounts much easier then using pop E-mail.
Microft Outlook Express 5.0 has to be one of the mot frustrating programs Microsoft have ever churned out. It seems to me that MS has not tested this utility out thoroughly enough or spent enough time in consumer research and group tests. It also feels like MS have tried to target a whole spectrum of different kinds of users (I know that OE will be used by many if not most people for email) and not thought about the fact that there's only bound to be one or two kinds of different end users. If you have multiple email accounts you'd like to access, look elsewhere - even uninstall it and breath in the recovered space. OE is a real annoyance when trying to get mail from multiple accounts. It may cut you off the internet when you just want to get your email; it will force you to check all accounts, no matter how active they are. There are way too many features for the typical user, but suppose they do want to take advantage of them, they'd be scrambling around all the menus searching for ths option. And once they've found it or have used it, it will most probably affect the whole utility. If, however you are using just the one account, you're just about OK and you could get away with ONLY using it for checking the one account. Another advantage is that OE is integrated with Windows and will automatically input any account settings, so inexperienced users can use it. The problems come when you try and access these accounts! Also, there is a contacts screen which is small and hides in the bottom left corner, this lists all people in your address book and makes it easier to send mail to them. But the problem rears its head again, OE selects a default account to send to and can be confusing for even intermediate users if you just want to bang off a short email from another account; so you'll end up re-writing the email or sensibly using another program. MSN messenger is also integrated, but will always load up when you o
pen OE and will take some time to get running. Most of the 'time-saving' feeatures on OE are actually quite fiddly and will save you hardly any time at all. There seems to me to be an excess on integration and packing in features. It also feels very American and very bulky and not particularly user friendly. If you simply want to read email from one account, go ahead; but if you want to do anything else, forget it. Harry
Outlook seems to come pre-loaded on most pcs these days; it did on mine anyway. I started using it right from the off and its proved to be reliable, quick and easy to use. I still find it puzzling that a number of people that I know who also use a pc, just use web based email instead of this. Sure I also have a few web based email accounts for various stuff like paid emails and the like, but there seems to be some big advantages of using Outlook over web based systems for your main email usage. 1. It readily accepts html emails. Some web based email systems have this facility switched off by default. 2. You don't have to log on to it all the time. 3. Customise all sorts on it for the emails that you send, such as background, music, font, layout etc. 4. It has ready links to your MSN messenger contacts, if you use that as well. 5. You can review / write emails etc without going online. 6. There's bundles of options that you can set for everything thats imaginable to do with sending and receiving emails - too many to list here by far. The only downside to Outlook is the issue of virus attacks, but hopefully lengthy prison sentences for those who maliciously do this kind of thing will eventually get the message across. Besides it makes sense to be careful about this, whatever email system you use.