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The Difference Between Outlook and Outlook Express

You may have noticed on your computer that you have a program called Outlook. It may be called Outlook 2000 or Outlook 2003 etc. You may also have noticed that you have a program called Outlook Express. What’s the difference between the two? I’m glad you asked.

Outlook Express is part of Internet Explorer and comes with every version of Windows. Depending on what version of Internet Explorer you have will determine what version of Outlook Express you have. For example, IE 6 will have Outlook Express 6.

Outlook itself is a more powerful version of Outlook Express and is separate from Internet Explorer. It can be purchased by itself or it can also come included with Microsoft Office.

Here are some of the features of Outlook that Outlook Express does not have:

  • Capability to connect to a Microsoft Exchange Server for e-mail other than internet e-mail.
  • Built in Task and Contact management capabilities
  • Calendar
  • E-mail filtering and rules
  • Sharing of public folders, forms, scheduling etc. with Exchange Server users
  • Integration with Microsoft Office

For most home users Outlook Express will do the job. You can have multiple e-mail accounts setup and keep an address book of your contacts. If you are in a work environment and need to connect to an Exchange Server to share information with co-workers the Outlook is your best bet.


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