- allows several e-mail or newsgroup accounts
- each identity has unique e-mail folders and an individual address
- uses Internet message access protocol (IMAP)
- address book supports Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
- digitally sign and encrypt messages by using digital IDs
- search for newsgroups that matches your interests
- inbox, also known as a mail box
A comparison of Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook
Are they the same program?
Simple put, no. Although they both have 'Outlook' in their name,
and are email applications, they each originate from different groups
within Microsoft. While Outlook Express is a free program packaged
with Internet Explorer, Microsoft
Outlook is packaged with Microsoft Office and allows access
to the Microsoft Exchange.
Outlook Express is classified as an email client, and was first
included with version 4.0 of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser.
From Windows 98 to XP, it has been bundled for free. The latest
version of Windows, Vista, does not include Outlook Express however.
Microsoft have released a new mail client called 'Windows Mail'.
Outlook Express should not be confused with the Outlook mail client
bundled with MS Office. Though it's similar in it's design and integration,
they do not share the same programming code. Outlook Express contains
support for most mail transfer protocols, such as POP3, SMTP and
IMAP. And for hypertext and mail protocols such as HTML, LDAP, S/MIME,
MHTML and NNTP. The advantage of Outlook Express in comparison to
Outlook, is that you only require an email address to begin functionality
of the client.
The first version of Outlook Express was available in 1996. Version
1.0 was not released in time to be packaged with IE 3.0, but it
was freeware. Version 2.0 was launched in the same year, 1996. Both
of these version were actually called 'MS Internet Mail and News'
to be exact. So some people may claim the first version of Outlook
Express was only released in 97 with IE 4.0. Without doubt, this
was first time the name was officially OE, but the evolution, architecture
and code base of the msimn.exe program was the same. While 'Windows
Mail' uses a large portion of Outlook Express's code, it cannot
claim to be the same program, but a successor. Therefore the age
of Outlook Express has come to an end with version 6.0. However,
Microsoft do plan to continue support for version 6.0 until two
thousand and fourteen.
4.0 - bundled with 98.
5.0 - bundled with 98 SE and 2000.
5.5 - bundled with Me.
6.0 - bundled with XP, XP Pack 2, XP Pack 3.
Although Outlook Express was feature rich in it's earlier versions
(compared to the competition), it also suffered from pushing the
benchmark. Allowing HTML and scripts to be supported resulted in
many emails containing viruses. Allowing scripts to be attachments
was a major security flaw, especially when Outlook Express allowed
exe. files to appear as harmless image files. Version 6.0 for Pack
3 has attempted to rectify these issues, but OE continues to come
under criticism for security holes.
Add a new email account
- Click the tools menu, and then select accounts.
- Select the mail tab, and then add from the right
- Type your name or email address in the box, whichever you prefer.
- Fill in your email address into the box.
- Next you will have to fill in your mail server details.
- Then verify your name and select a password for your account
( use 1dE characters)
- Click finish, and that's all there is to it.
To send an encrypted message
- This process is very simple. Fill in your message as usual.
- As you can see in the above screenshot for new messages, there
is an 'Encrypt' button.
- Simple click it once you are ready to send the message.
- You will then notice a little blue lock logo next to your 'From'
- Your email message is now a lot tougher for hackers to read
while in transit.
Sending an Attachment
- To begin with, it's a good idea to scan your attached file for
viruses. Also files such as MS Word, if the recipient does not
have the program, they will not be able to read it. So it worthwhile
to bear that it mind before sending text files.
- The process is then very similar to encrypting an email.
- Fill in your new email as usual, then as you can see from the
above image again, there is a paperclip logo with attach written
- Click this button, browse your file system to select your attached
file and press ok.
- Your file is then attached, simple.
- There is usually a one megabyte file limit for attached files
from most mail servers. But to send larger files there is another
option, explained below.
Sending large attached files
- As explained in the last tutorial, most email servers will not
receive attached files which are larger than one megabyte.
- Therefore, we will need to send the email in multiple parts.
- To do this, go to your main Outlook Express client page.
- Click tools, then accounts, then your account
name and properties.
- Click advanced, then view sending, and 'Break apart messages
larger than xxxxx KB'.
- Enter one megabyte or lower and your done.