Re: OE Classic - Easy to use Outlook Express replacement

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That is right though there have been moves in the add ons area to see if anything can be done, but it will need some work from the makers, and this is the sticking block.
I am however still using Outlook Express on 7 and 10 from the hacked version. What I am not totally sure about is whether its still out there. The issue is one of rights of course. If the files are supplied separately, then you can just use normal Outlook express but its quite a complex manual installation. So the person who wrote the patch made an installer using the original code and his code which made this easy. How legal that is, is debatable. In my logical mind assuming people have had xp before I see no harm in doing this as you basically have the code already. Microsoft seem not to like it however as when I installed the anniversary update to 10, it moved the hacked Outlook express so I could not get at my emails.
You would need to back them up and restore them afterwards, as it does still work on the new 10.
For those who wonder about it, yes the old bugs in Outlook express still exist. The main annoying one was and still is that using nvda, occasionally, Outlook express thinks its short of memory and behaves as if it cannot get at message bodies or open the email editor. What one has to do as with xp is the simply use taskill and restart the executable, which leaves you in the same identity and just restarts it
We never did get to the bottom of this in xp , and I believe it only affect people with multiple identities not just one or two.

I am quite happy to carry on using it as to me the new versions of mail that Microsoft have invented are far less convenient to use and all are worse for accessibility,
Live mail has that enormous tree view making keeping accounts separate a real pain and oh that awful address book and dodgy field for putting in email addresses. it also had a great talent for losing all folders and had to have the computer taken back to find them again.
The internet mail and news in 7 etc, was inaccessible, as indeed is the latest one in 10. Much harder to figure out even when you can see.

Thunderbird has much the same issues as live mail but is more reliable as long as you can cope with the strange hot keys and never update to the new version.
As for the smattering of other clients out there, most seem to be very old and have issues.
I personally quite liked the google on line email but these companies keep changing the design and keys making web based email a real pain in the neck if you use more than one provider, though the filtering can be a lot better than on a client.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] OE Classic - Easy to use Outlook Express replacement

It is not accessible and it never has been. It's been around for a number of years.

----- Original Message -----

From: Pete
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 8:00 AM
Subject: [nvda] OE Classic - Easy to use Outlook Express replacement

Here is an interesting solution for the people that do not want to
give up outlook express.
I wonder how it works with nvda.
Some text about it is belo.
OE Classic - Replacement for Outlook Express

OE Classic is an email and Usenet reader designed to be a perfect
replacement for Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail and
even Mozilla Thunderbird.

The ultimate goal of OE Classic is to be an easy to use, fast, small and
secure program with lots of power features and yet, easy to use for a
Your data always belongs to you as it is stored in a public-domain
format and there are no storage size limits.

Download OE Classic 2.51For Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows
Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000

How does OE Classic compare to Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Windows
Live Mail?

This table shows some of similarities and differences between OE
Classic, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail. The table
is based on user
comments and our technical research.

table with 5 columns and 14 rows
Outlook Express
Windows Mail
Windows Live Mail 2009-2012
OE Classic
User interface
Simple, but some features missing like identities
More features missing, ribbons, unintuitive, takes more time for the
former Outlook Express user to get used to
Easy to use, very similar to Outlook Express
Yes (Pro version)
Message rules
Very limiting
Very limiting
Very limiting
Comprehensive set of rules and actions, easy to use
Address book
Windows Address Book (WAB)
Windows Contacts
Windows Contacts
Message storage
Undocumented (closed source) proprietary database with access interface
(API) (DBX format)
Proprietary database with access interface (API) (EML/ESE/JetBlue format)
Proprietary database without access interface, your emails are locked in
proprietary database - this makes it difficult to export data
(EML/ESE/JetBlue format)
Public domain database formats (your email data belongs to you), all
formats are documented in the help (SQLite/MBX format)
Supported OS
Windows XP (and older)
Windows Vista only
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (2009)

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (2011)

Windows 7, Windows 8 (2012)
All modern Windows (and future Windows), Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows
7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Up to date
(only for Windows XP)
(only for Windows Vista)
(latest version 2012)
(actively developed and improved)
Folder limits
Only 2 GB (corruption may occur beyond this, quite easily exceeded)
No (limited only by disk size)
Secure message storage
No (possible folder corruption, especially with Compact function)
Yes (crash proof message saving, can even handle power-off in the middle
of message save)
User support
Quick and dedicated support directly from developers (read full benefits
on order page)
Easily move messages/data to new machine
No (needs third party programs)
No (needs third party programs)
No (needs third party programs)
Can you request new features?
Yes (paid users)
Free with Windows XP purchase (bundled)
Free with Windows Vista purchase (bundled)
Free / $24.95
table end

Download on
page or order on

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