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CHAPTER 31. Using Outlook Express > Should You Switch to Outlook Express?

Should You Switch to Outlook Express?

Outlook Express, the default email client software in Windows 98, includes the basic tools you need to compose, send, and receive mail over the Internet. It uses this basic email interface for a second purpose as well: to let you read and participate in threaded discussions on Internet newsgroups. If you originally set up an email account using the email software included with Windows 95, you have an important decision to make when you upgrade: Should you stick with your old mail software, or should you switch to Outlook Express?

Starting with the first release of Windows 95, every version of Windows has included a desktop icon labeled Inbox. In the original version of Windows 95, this icon launched a program called the Exchange Inbox. Microsoft promised that this "universal inbox" would be capable of storing email from just about anywhere, as well as faxes, voice mail, and other types of data. If you've used Exchange Inbox, though, you know it's hard to configure, slow, and notoriously buggy; the fax components in particular are a usability nightmare.


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