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Outlook or Outlook Express?

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Which should you use: Outlook (part of the Microsoft Office Suite), or Outlook Express (part of Internet Explorer)?

This How-To Article will help you decide which program you should use.


Outlook or Outlook Express?

Microsoft Outlook is part of the Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft Outlook Express is part of Internet Explorer. Each program has the same basic core functions, but there are still many differences in Outlook and Outlook Express.

Microsoft Outlook Express is designed to be a simple E-mail client. It is an easy to use way to manage E-mail, your address book, and read newsgroup postings.

If you just need to manage E-mail and work with an address book, then Outlook Express is probably fine for you.

Microsoft Outlook is a much more complex program. It is a PIM (Personal Information Manager). You can manage your address book, appointments, to-do lists, journals, E-mail, and even filter your E-mail to specific folders. Outlook’s filtering is better than the Outlook Express filtering, and you can create more complex rules.

If you need to manage lots of E-mail as well as items such as appointments, addresses, and to-do lists, then you should choose Microsoft Outlook.

Microsoft Outlook Express is free, and it is probably installed on your computer right now. (If you have Internet Explorer, then Outlook Express is automatically installed.) Microsoft Outlook is part of the Office suite, and is a purchased product. You can purchase Outlook separately, or purchase it as part of the Office suite.

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