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12.1. How Does Outlook Express Relate to Outlook?

It's a bit confusing that Microsoft named two products Outlook. However, you can think of Outlook Express as being a lightweight version of Outlook. Outlook Express doesn't have any of the advanced features of Outlook, such as tasks, notes, calendar, and journal, but it does have one very important feature that Outlook lacks: Outlook Express enables you to read and post messages to newsgroups. Although Outlook Express can be used as an e-mail client, we're going to assume that because this book's focus is Outlook, you'll be using Outlook for your e-mail needs. In that vein, this chapter focuses solely on Outlook Express's capability to read newsgroups.

12.2. What Is a Newsgroup, Discussion Group, News Reader, etc.?

You can think of a newsgroup as a community bulletin board for the Internet. Sometimes you'll hear the terms discussion groups and discussion boards used interchangeably with the term newsgroup. Literally tens of thousands of newsgroups exist on the Internet, covering pretty much every conceivable point of interest. The main attraction of newsgroups is that people from all over the world can post messages, thereby sharing their knowledge, passion, and philosophies on the subject of the newsgroup. Newsgroups are “published” via a news server. For example, Microsoft provides a free news server called news.microsoft.com that contains thousands of newsgroups where users of their various products can look for help in using those products.


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