Outlook Express, previously called Microsoft News Mail and Courier, is discontinued mail and news client originally designed for Windows ME, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows Vista Home Edition, and Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. Outlook Express replaced Courier Mail because it was faster and more reliable than the former client. Outlook Express used the Windows message tray system, which has been similar to the Mac messaging tray systems that Courier used. The difference, however, was that, in Windows, you can click on an item to open the menu, and in the Courier system, you had to click on the message menu or the "c" button in order to bring up the menu. In Outlook Express, you can open the menu by clicking on the menu bar at the top of the screen, and you can access the menu by clicking on the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. Outlook Express also includes a new "notification center," which lets you set up email alerts and view your email content in the future.
Microsoft Outlook Express is not compatible with Mac OS X operating systems, although there are workarounds that have been created to allow use with this software. Outlook Express was one of the earliest email clients to be adapted to run on the Mac OS X platform, but it is no longer supported by Apple. Microsoft has, however, developed tools to allow users to use the Mac OS X operating system with Outlook Express. These tools are part of the Microsoft Office application suite, and they can be downloaded from the Microsoft website. Although it is unlikely that Microsoft will develop and release an official version of Outlook Express for the Mac OS X, the company does have a website where users can download free versions of the Microsoft Office applications including Outlook Express.
One of the most popular features of Outlook Express is the "range of dates" view that allows a user to select a range of dates and show all of their emails from that date. Users can also sort their messages by individual subject, body, or both. If you need to see multiple versions of a particular message, you can copy the entire message and then paste into the text box and go to the range of dates to view. This feature is particularly useful when you are responding to a single email, as Outlook Express allows you to see all of the variations of the same message from different places on the internet at once.