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    Apr. 18, 2016
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    Free to try (Limited number of accounts and identities); $24.95 to buy (Buy it now)
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5 stars

"Wow Yes! This really works on Windows 7/8!"

April 22, 2015  |  By andreaborman

2015-04-22 08:47:39  |  By andreaborman

 |  Version: OE Classic 2.31


Wow this really does work on Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is the original Outlook Express you know and love from Windows XP,Windows 2000 and past Windows Versions. I have tried to install Outlook Express from my Windows XP PC by copying the OE program file from XP to Windows 7 many times without success. So I though it could not be done. Then I found this program downloaded it and it works. I now have Outlook Express running on both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Also works on Windows Vista.


Over rights Windows Mail from Windows Vista by renaming it Windows Mail old.Making WM inactive. I think it's because they are both the same program or share the same files. Windows Mail being a later version of Outlook Express. If you still want to run Windows Mail as well you need to re-name the Windows Mail Old file back to Windows Mail again. Then you can run both OE and WM side by side.Though they may conflict with each other. Have to test that out more.


This IS Outlook Express 6 from Windows XP that's been made to work on Windows 7 and Windows 8. The only disadvantage is that if you have Windows Mail from Windows Vista Outlook Express will over right it and Windows Mail wil stop working. But as I said before I found when I re named the Windows Mail Old file back to Windows Mail ,Windows Mail was working again. And I found that both Outlook Express and Windows Mail CAN be run together on Windows 7. Though you can only have one or the other as your default email program not both.I fully recommend this program for any Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 Users who wants to have Outlook Express, which is much bdeter than Windows Live Mail 2012. I can tell you!

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5 stars

"Want an Outlook Express Direct Replacement? This is it!"

March 09, 2015  |  By Reluctant Techie

2015-03-09 20:15:48  |  By Reluctant Techie

 |  Version: OE Classic 2.2


Has the look and feel of Outlook Express and it has a few improvements.
Not bloated with all kinds of messaging/calendar/social media interfaces to bog it down like Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
If you need multiple, separate identies, the Professional version does them, and does them smoothly (unlike Thunderbird, Outlook, or LiveMail)
Great tech support if you need it.
If you need a compact, fast, clean Email Software program that retains the look and feel of Outlook Express and supports multiple identies (which most email programs don't), go for the professional version. $25 is a small price to pay for quality software.
Automatic account set up feature is nice.
Straightforward import of your existing Profiles from Outlook Express.


I wish I'd found it before frustratingly attempting to replace Outlook Express with Outlook, Thunderbird, LiveMail, etc.....


OE Express Version 2.2 retains the look and feel of Outlook Express with a few improvements thrown in. If you want and Email program with multiple identies, speed, compactness, and simplicity, this is for you.

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5 stars

"Easy to Use, Great Replacement for Outlook Express"

August 30, 2014  |  By VictorReinhart

2014-08-30 20:35:15  |  By VictorReinhart

 |  Version: OE Classic 2.1


Easy for Outlook Express Users - User Interface very similar
Easy to Install
Support is available for the paid version
Can import Address Book, Emails
Actively Developed
You can vote for enhancements
POP3 and SMTP work great
Unlimited Folder Size is claimed
Supports multiple email accounts and multiple identies


Doesn't yet support IMAP
Rarely can lock up
Full version costs $25, but there is a free version
No add-ins?


I like it, my wife likes it, everyone I know who tries it likes it.
Very friendly interface, very easy to use, very easy to install.
Handles multiple email accounts just like Outlook Express, which I like much better than how Thunderbird works.

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3 stars

"Good replacement but needs some work"

November 22, 2013  |  By kcldm21

2013-11-22 10:49:00  |  By kcldm21

 |  Version: OE Classic 1.7


Comfortably close to OE to make it easily usable


Needs more polishing. Also, all outgoing messages have an AD for this product attached to the bottom of the message. I am definitely not happy with that


Good can be better and get rid of that ad

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2 stars

"Outlook Express replacement that needs work. (v 1.64)"

October 30, 2013  |  By arcman49

2013-10-30 20:44:42  |  By arcman49

 |  Version: OE Classic 1.64


Looks great!


Way too early for release. Lacks many tools. Don't bother.


This program must be in beta. Definitely not ready for release. It has potential. It's a dead ringer of OE XP with a better look. Too bad it's missing so many tools to make it worthwhile. ( too many to list ).

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.42

New features

  • Navigating to URL preview window is removed (URL is shown in status bar when mouse pointer is over the link)
  • When replying or forwarding, From drop-down is now set to the same account which originally received the message
  • Huge speed increase in URL detection in plain-text messages (over 10000% faster in some cases)
  • Easier upgrade on a system where current user is not of administrator type
  • Copy/Move window now remembers last used folder and window size
  • Added popup menu for To/Cc/Bcc boxes in message editor
  • Added Sort Ascending/Sort Descending to the message/contact list header popup menu
  • Improved detection of external links (frames/iframes)
  • Added sorting of Find/Search results
  • Secondary sorting by Received column when sorted by any other column
  • Program icon improved so it is no longer stretched for some icon sizes
  • Added timestamp at the beginning of POP3 and SMTP connection log

Bug fixes

  • Some test messages previously failed to open due to slow URL detection method
  • After opening some messages, program could not be closed (and CPU was under full load)
  • When re-opening a draft, From drop-down did not keep the account originally used and reverted back to default
  • When shutting down the system with the program opened, the settings weren't saved
  • Arrows up-down not working for scrolling message in Windows 10 is fixed with the latest Windows 10 updates (it was not an issue with OE Classic but with Internet Explorer)
Publisher Infobyte
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Release Date April 18, 2016
Date Added April 18, 2016
Version 2.42
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.61MB
File Name oec242.exe
Total Downloads 3,686
Downloads Last Week 27
License Model Free to try
Limitations Limited number of accounts and identities
Price $24.95

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