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Chapter 27. Using Outlook Express to Rea... > Configuring Outlook Express for News...

Configuring Outlook Express for Newsgroup Access

Outlook Express does more than email. It's also a full-featured news-reading client that enables you to download and read messages from newsgroup servers, post replies, and manage locally stored messages. With a few minor exceptions, the user interface is the same one you see when you send and receive mail, and the program uses the same system services to help you compose and send messages to public or private newsgroups.

Specifying a News Server

Before you can read newsgroup messages, you must provide Outlook Express with the name of a news server to which you have access. Most ISPs offer a newsfeed to their customers. If your ISP's name is acme.com, for example, you'll probably find a news server at news.acme.com. The Microsoft Network provides newsgroup access on servers at http://msnnews.msn.com and http://netnews.msn.com. Microsoft's public newsgroups are available from http://news.microsoft.com. If you have access to a private news server, it might require you to log on with an account name and password.


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