Most computers come preconfigured with a Microsoft Office Suites of software; which includes their premier email & calendar program Outlook.
However, most Internet Providers say they do not “support” Outlook; and only provide instructions for configuring Outlook Express. I’ve argued with technicians that believe that Outlook Express is for Internet Users, and Outlook is for corporate environments using a Microsoft Exchange Server.
True, you can not use Outlook Express to connect to a company’s Exchange Server (along with the “Out of Office Assistant). But Outlook has no problem connecting with “Internet email” nor being the premier email program for consumers as well.
Stuff That Outlook Does That Outlook Express Does Not!
- Fully integrated Calendar, including meeting and event scheduling, appointments, and group calendars. Including: side-by-side viewing of multiple calendars, dragging items between the calendars.
- Multiple address books and email identities.
- Automatic Synchronization with PocketPC, Palm, and Mobile Devices.
- Reminders for e-mail messages, calendar events, tasks, and notes.
- Junk e-mail message filter.
- Word as your e-mail editor.
- Categories for organizing/filtering your items.
- Tasks folder to keep lists of personal or work-related errands that you want to track from start to finish.
- Automatic backup (archive) your data.
How to Import Outlook Express settings into Outlook is completed in two phases:
IMPORT ACCOUNT SETTINGS
- Launch Outlook
- From the File pull-down menu, select Import – then Internet Mail Account Settings, Cilck <Next>
- Click <Next> after it locates Outlook Express
- Change your email name here if you wish, click <Next>
- Click <Next>, do not change your email address
- Click <Next>, do not change your email servers
- If you wish to save your password, enter it here. Click <Next>
- Click <Next> (it’s doubtful you’ll need to change your connection)
- Click <Finish>IMPORT MAIL & ADDRESS BOOK
- Launch Outlook
- From the File pull-down menu, select Import – then Internet Mail and Address, Click <Next>
- Click on Outlook Express, select both Import Mail & Import Address Book, Click <Next>
- Select Import Addresses into Contacts Folder, Click <Finish>
Outlook Express is a great free email program. But if you already own Outlook, it simply makes sense to use this more powerful program, instead of Outlook Express!