Windows 8 Outlook Express: What Has Happened?

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If you were looking for quite a while to find if Outlook Express works for Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you will find the answer to your question below.

There are many people out there that are wondering – where has Outlook Express gone? Before the launch of Windows 8, many were hoping that Microsoft would decide to revive the old Outlook Express. To keep things short – that hasn’t happened. Why it hasn’t happened, it’s pretty obvious for those that have a background in technology, and not so much for the regular users.

Update: we have managed to find a software that is similar to Outlook Express on Windows 8 and Windows 7. Read the part at the end of the article for more information.

There are alternatives of getting Outlook Express even on your Windows 8 device, be it a laptop, tablet or even All-in-one. While the experience will not be exactly the same, it will help you work with a similar software. Read on to find out the needed services to replace your Outlook Express experience.

Why Outlook Express isn’t in Windows 8

The answer to this question is very simple – Outlook Express is missing in Windows 8 because it has been deprecated since Windows Vista. So, it wasn’t present neither in Windows Vista or Windows 7. But, even this fact wasn’t enough for many loyal fans to hope that Windows 8 will come with Outlook Express. Therefore, for those that have arrived here searching for Outlook Express on Windows 8 – unfortunately, the bare truth is that you were searching for something that has been dead for a long time already.

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And don’t try looking for it in the Windows Store, you find it there. It has been succeeded by Windows Mail and now it’s available under the form of Windows Live Mail. You can access that in Windows 8 under the simple Mail application. Outlook Express is not to be confused with Microsoft Outlook which serves for much more things than just being an email and news client. They don’t even share a common codebase.

Albeit I said you shouldn’t be looking in the Windows Store for Outlook Express, I could be wrong. Maybe there is a brave developer out there, that’s going to bring back old memories and develop Outlook Express under the form of a nice Windows 8 application. But I really doubt that, since it could come in conflict with Microsoft. But, who knows?

Update: what many users don’t seem to understand is that Windows 8 can’t be blamed for the disappearance of Outlook Express. We’ve tried our best to search for some solutions to solve this issue. Albeit some of our commenters recommend the following:

download microsoft office on the desktop in windows 8, then look in your drive, then in programs so you can find Microsoft office, then find outlook express icon so it will bring it up, now when you begin to setup your email information make sure you put it in manually, then your done then after that pin it to your program taskbar and you can do it for the rest of in office.

you need to know that this won’t bring up the old Outlook Express but Windows Mail. If you’re willing to try another service that’s similar to Outlook Express (thanks to our commenter emanon), you can do so with the following:

  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Zinstall XP7 Technology
  • Zimbra Desktop
  • Eudora
  • Barca
  • Calypso
  • Lotus Notes
  • Pegasus
  • Pine
  • The Bat

OE Classic, the right software for your Outlook Express experience

People land on this page hoping that there is a solution of getting back the Outlook Express feeling on Windows 8. The above mentioned software can help you out, but it seems that if you want something good, you need to pay for it. We have been approached by InfoByte, a reliable company that deals with software development. Their solution is called OE Classic and is just the right thing you need for your Outlook Express nostalgia.

Here is a real customer testimonial regarding the OE Classic software:

I was most annoyed when I bought a new computer about a year ago with Windows 7 loaded (I previously had XP) to find that Outlook Express had been discontinued some while ago and the only free Microsoft option was Live I can’t stand all the complicated jumble of bells and whistles and social networking paraphernalia in that program and the unnecessary disk space it uses so I have used Thunderbird for the past year.oe classic pro

Now however, I have had to change service providers to BT Internet, and in spite of loading the correct settings, Thunderbird works only intermittently in retrieving and sending email using my new email address via BT Internet. I suspect the fault is with BT rather than Thunderbird, but BT technical help only supports Microsoft programs so I was unable to obtain any help from them.

Your OE program has been functioning perfectly since I downloaded the non-Pro version this morning, and was more simple to set up than Thunderbird – in fact, it took only a few seconds to input the settings once it was downloaded! So, keep up the good work. I just love the clear, simple appearance of OE Classic and I look forward to seeing the various new additions in 1.20 and beyond. OE Classic is a masterpiece in the making!

If you think that OE Classic is the right solution for you, then follow the link below to order it. Don’t worry, if you are not satisfied with it, you can always ask for your refund within 60 days – that’s a guarantee from the vendor! But I suspect that you won’t be doing that! You can also feel free to have a look at the gallery with screenshots and if you click the banner from above, it will lead you also to the order page.

Download and order OE Classic for Windows 7, Windows 8

  • Laura Miller

    Thank you for this. But I have a question for you, too. I have a new computer with Windows 8. In Windows 8 I have been trying to find the ability to put contacts into groups, which I used to be able to do but now cannot find any way to do. My brothers Mac says there is no way to make groups on Windows 8. Is this true? Or should I be looking somewhere else? (I am not a confident computer person – especially on this new system!) Please give me some advice if you are able. Thanks. Laura Miller

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      What kind of groups, to be more exact?

      • Jeff

        I imagine Laura means like work colleague groups and friend groups and family groups thus dividing email lists into relevant groups and possibly also email groups with multiple emails in a group for mass mailing friends or family. Is this correct Laura?

        • Xuan Anh

          I Wonder if I should install my windows 8 instead off this ?

          • Unknown_Sender

            DO NOT install Win8!!! You WILL NOT be happy! If your smart you will stay with XP3 or Win7. Unless you like spending time reading articles like this because you loaded Win8.

  • bobm333

    I went from xp to windows 8 and lost my address book,can I recover it or am I beat

    • starrychloe

      Me too. Go to Outlook Express Address Book > File > Export > Address Book (WAB) > Save .wab file > Copy to Win8 > Double click > Would you like to import? > Yes > Explorer > C:UsersusernameContacts > There are your contacts. Win8 Mail still can’t see them because it’s stupid and I gave up on anything Metro so install Thunderbird > Tools > Import > Address Books > Outlook Express > Now your address book is imported.

      • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

        Awesome, thanks for that!

  • Katherine Sweeney

    I went from Vista to this miserable Windows 8. Had I wanted a huge ‘Smart’ phone rather than a computer program I would have gone that route! I hope the fleas of 1,000 camels infest Bill Gates’ armpits and crotch. I have NEVER been so frustrated with a computer program until now and I resent it. Windows 8 can kiss my apps!!!!!

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      Sorry for that Katherine!

    • Unknown_Sender

      Man did you ever get the short end of the stick! From one failure to another is what happened to you. Vista and Win8 just happened to be the worst operating systems MS ever put out (so far, here comes 8.1). Your simplest fix is to use WinXP3 or Win7. I garauntee you wont have problem one with either of those!

    • BobBobson

      What the hell; why curse Bill? He retired years ago and doesn’t make descisions any more; he turned over those responsibilities to Steve Ballmer in 2000 to work full-time on his charity. Do you curse Henry Ford for bad decisions that the company makes today? ◔_◔

  • emanon

    Used Outlook EXPRESS for years – because – I could configure it to suit my business applications. That’s somethjing I have NEVER been able to do with ANY other email service. And my broker/dealer used it too & AND THEY MANAGED SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS OF CLIENTS $$$$. How stupid could my BD & I be, not to recognize the elite genius of the tech industry. The closest I’ve come to replicating my old OE is Thunderbird at Mozilla Firefox. I just found http://zinstall.com/products/reviews-and-press for Windows 7. And http://zinstall.com/technology/zinstall-xp7-technology (includes 2:21 video). It seems if you do this – you can have your cake & eat it too (Windows 7 with Outlook Express is one of theri selling points). I’m still checking it out.,

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      Wow, billions of dollars with Outlook Express!

  • guy

    download microsoft office on the desktop in windows 8, then look in your drive, then in programs so you can find Microsoft office, then find outlook express icon so it will bring it up, now when you begin to setup your email information make sure you put it in manually, then your done then after that pin it to your program taskbar and you can do it for the rest of in office.

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      What are you saying? There’s no Outlook Express there!

  • IApiskie

    Grrr, I was hoping for better news, even if it meant buying a new Outlook Express. What is wrong with Microsoft that they don’t recognize a good thing when they have it?

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      Not sure, I’m also (used to be) an Outlook Express addict. Too bad it’s gone now in Windows 8!

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      But now, I won’t buy an Outlook Express for Windows 8 :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000833686935 Cindy Schultz

    I am switching all of my pcs to apple. Windows 8 did it for me. I would love to meet the idiots who designed this mess.

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      Why Cindy?

    • Unknown_Sender

      You do realize your going from the pan into the fire right? Going from Win8 over to a Mac is no change. Both suck! If you want a reliable pc operating system, and not on a crApple, then load MS WinXP3 or Win7. You WONT be sorry!

      • Wayne Felber

        Apple os is great no problems , no virus works perfect all the time you have obviously never used it or you are an idiot to say anything different!

    • BobBobson

      > I am switching all of my pcs to apple.

      Then I hope you are super rich because Apple products are exorbitantly expensive.

    • pragmaticconservative

      Probably the same ones who designed the Obamacare web site.

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  • Ole Schmidt

    I Wonder if I should install my Vista instead off this misk mask

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      why would you want to do that?

    • Unknown_Sender

      this is parody right? You want to load a known failed op sys (Vista) instead of the newest failed op sys (Win8)? how is that gonna help you?
      Folks, the only Windows operating systems that should EVER be used are: Win NT4, Win98SE, WinXP3 (the 3 denotes service pack), or Win7. Everything else is just a Mac.

  • Mister FIXIT

    Download Vbox from Oracle, create a virtual XP machine with your (legal) copy of Win XP, and run Outlook Express on that!

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      Mister Fixit, could you please elaborate more?

    • Unknown_Sender

      Um this doesn’t make sense. why load a virtual XP machine on a plain XP machine? OE will already run in plain XP mode. You could try loading a virtual Win7 (or XP) in plain Win8 (I doubt Win8 has that ability) and run OE from there.
      We haven’t gotten to test Win8 for virtual modes yet, but it is on the test list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marieelucas.marie Marie E Lucas Marie

    My msn mail USED TO BE PRIVATE.. and Outlook Express was the default. I am NOT HAPPY! Now anyone and everyone can see what was once MY PRIVATE MAIL ! As soon as I logon it automatically goes to MSN homepage and signs in to my mail! GGGRRRR!!! Now what do I do? My hard drive went. I was running Windows XP.. I LIKED IT@! I had to get a new computer.. because.. well… because I was told at Staples that XP is going to be obsolete. WHY? I liked it and was comfortable with it. I DON’T want to logon with MSN/HOTMAIL. I HATE WINDOWS 8.. completely, passionately HATE IT. Hey.. I believe in the old adage… If it isn’t broke.. DON’T fix it. I found nothing wrong with XP! And now.. well now.. everything is already on this piece of crap.. Program/Apps I DON’T want.. Antivirus ‘trials’ I DO NOT want. I was also told if I uninstall the virus program it will make my computer crash! TRIALS!! WHO wants trials? Trials that keep popping up when they expire.. GRRR. Trial .. is that a synonym for VIRUS? I was also told that I cannot get rid of.. aka delete apps that I am not interested in. I am to shrink them down somewhere in the abyss they now call a computer. Who knows where it goes.. or shall I say ends up? Because you can’t make it go away, just remove it from your immediate sight. GRRR again. I am sooo angry and frustrated.. I just want to throw this computer out the window.. or take it back to Stapes and quit computers completely b/c of this crap! Maybe I should go back to Staples and throw it through THEIR window. As you can tell I AM NOT HAPPY! I have not been this angry in years. I am a very passive loving person.. and I feel like beating the crap out of whoever thought this stuff up. All it is, is another way to make more money. FLIP YOU GATES And everyone else responsible for this chit! I don’t even know how I am connected to the Internet right now. My son hooked it up for me. And WHERE is my Verizon? WTF!?!?!?!?!

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      I share your frustration Marie :(

  • Marie

    My msn mail USED TO BE PRIVATE.. and Outlook Express was the default. I am NOT HAPPY! Now anyone and everyone can see what was once MY PRIVATE MAIL ! As soon as I logon it automatically goes to MSN homepage and signs in to my mail! GGGRRRR!!! Now what do I do? My hard drive went. I was running Windows XP.. I LIKED IT@! I had to get a new computer.. because.. well… because I was told at Staples that XP is going to be obsolete. WHY? I liked it and was comfortable with it. I DON’T want to logon with MSN/HOTMAIL. I HATE WINDOWS 8.. completely, passionately HATE IT. Hey.. I believe in the old adage… If it isn’t broke.. DON’T fix it. I found nothing wrong with XP! And now.. well now.. everything is already on this piece of crap.. Program/Apps I DON’T want.. Antivirus ‘trials’ I DO NOT want. I was also told if I uninstall the virus program it will make my computer crash! TRIALS!! WHO wants trials? Trials that keep popping up when they expire.. GRRR. Trial .. is that a synonym for VIRUS? I was also told that I cannot get rid of.. aka delete apps that I am not interested in. I am to shrink them down somewhere in the abyss they now call a computer. Who knows where it goes.. or shall I say ends up? Because you can’t make it go away, just remove it from your immediate sight. GRRR again. I am sooo angry and frustrated.. I just want to throw this computer out the window.. or take it back to Stapes and quit computers completely b/c of this crap! Maybe I should go back to Staples and throw it through THEIR window. As you can tell I AM NOT HAPPY! I have not been this angry in years. I am a very passive loving person.. and I feel like beating the crap out of whoever thought this stuff up. All it is, is another way to make more money. FLIP YOU GATES And everyone else responsible for this chit! I don’t even know how I am connected to the Internet right now. My son hooked it up for me. And WHERE is my Verizon? WTF!?!?!?!?!

    • Unknown_Sender

      Have no fear. XP is out there. And will be for decades to come. No worries that MS doesn’t support it anymore. After SP3 layer on XP, what more could be needed? All you need to do is wipe that Win8 crap off your harddrive and load a fresh XP3 on it. your good to go. And don’t go buying a new pc when your HD fails. Just replace the HD. That’s the good thing about pc’s, upgradable! And forget Staples, Best buy, or Walmart. They are department stores, not computer stores. They wouldn’t know a PC from a Mac, nor a Mac from a Mack truck!

  • Marie

    Well anyway.. I went to my ISP home page and got my Outlook Express mail through there! YES! One for me!!! Ha Windows 8 et al.. TAKE THAT! Now I just have to figure out how to undo Microsoft Hotmail from automatically opening up when I sign in.. Grrrr….

  • Paul

    After eight weeks of Outlook on new Windows 8 computer, it has stopped working and a note says “UNLICENCED PRODUCT”
    I do not wish to buy Office simply to email. What is the alternative?

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      Paul, try the services at the end of the article

  • sharonboers

    cheers , i have an old email address i still use, @fsnet.co.uk windows live wont support it so ive been in a mess with my new computer , going to give thunderbird a try

  • KP

    WINDOWS 8 SUCK

  • Sandra

    Sadly, about the only good idea Microsoft ever had was Express Mail, which many loved. And, It seems obvious MS knew that – if they were listening to or reading any review vehicle, site, etc.

    Outlook mail and/or live is an obvious step backward and so incredibly annoying, non-sensical and needlessly so? Simply ridiculous and non- intuitive which equals extra work and constant irritation.

    I mean, where do they come up with this stuff? I am so done with MS and Windows 8. I have decided to do what I wanted to do for a long time now – go to Apple MAC. I am done with Microsoft anything! So done!

  • Geowurm

    Nice page, right on target.

    I was searching for OE alternatives, but with no luck. Thunderbird – will not
    take my addresses and uses a different structure to store the mails,

    The Bat – nice, takes all the addresses but no address folders. Now I have
    around 1600 clients in one folder :-(( Forward mails and you lose the format at
    all :-(

    Claws – will not format mails at all and will not work with drag and drop of pictures

    Outlook – will cut attachments that are suspicious. Too big to be easy and handy.

    Pegasus – not easy to work with. Will not accept my OE mails folders.

    Well – no luck so far :-(

    geowurm

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      Oh my God. Do stay tuned here, we might announce a partnership here soon with a software provider

  • Michael J. Coslo

    When my wife’s old XP laptop died, I took the plunge and bought an Acer laptop, complete with touchscreen.

    Immediately on setting up email, despite having POP mail as a button choice, the Windows 8 mail doesn’t support POP mail. There’s a workaround, if you want to caal it that, of routing your POP mail to an account that has IMAP, then using that.

    Unnaceptable.

    I know your answer is Who is using POP mail today? Lot’s of people who buy Windows 8, and find themselves in that silly world of cascading “gotta change everything around.” Millions of people in fact.

    Thunderbird time.

    Next up, the inability of making shortcuts for plain “apps”. Perhaps there is some sort of law of physics that prevents that? Probably not. But this means that you now get to use two different interfaces, or only use the Metro interface

    Unacceptable.

    This is just what I have uncovered in less than 24 hours of attempting to use W8. Fortunately, I have the touch screen, so it might be a little less trouble. But the UI is fighting me at every step of the way. This isn’t all that much of a problem for me, but my wife is not an IT person, and that spells trouble.

    This is the biggest problem with W8. The users. When I go to sites that have fixes for W8′s problems, the biggest fans alway insinuate either:

    “Tough – get used to it! This is your future!”

    or

    If you don’t think everything about Windows 8 is wonderful – You’re stupid!”

    We went through the same insulting behavior with Vista.

    My guess is that in a few months, She’ll be asking for a MacBook, and the Acer will go on Ebay.

    • http://www.wind8apps.com/ Radu Tyrsina

      Michael J. Coslo, I can only suggest you to try the OE Classic software. Quite a few folks have ordered it on our community and are satisfied with it

  • dave

    I deleteed my mail center from windows 8 dashboard not knowing it was my outlook mail center can this be recovered

  • Unknown_Sender

    First, thank you for allowing me to sign in and comment without having to ‘sign up’ or start one more account with someone. Geesmus I hate that!
    Now, considering this page and the recent MS tragedy. First, OE did not die. Nor did its usage dwindle. In fact it has gone up not down because of its functionality. The reason it isn’t available is so that MS could slowly move everyone over to an MS account. Thus why in Win8 the ONLY way to get mail, is to have an MSLive account.
    Much like everything else on Win8, you have to have this. Or Xbox account, which is MS too. This harkens back to the browser lawsuit where MS was sued over IE. Well now MS can make you use their mail. Don’t like it, get a Mac (highly NOT recommended!) or don’t use Win8.
    One part of this article is true, unless some ‘smart’ (not brave) programmer writes the code for a new Win8 mail provider, you wont get mail on Win8 unless you sign up. Well I love MS, but their mail service has NO customer support and is very problematic. Plus, like you folks, I already have other mail providers. Signing up for a MSLive account is not an option.
    Unfortunately that leaves two ways to go. Hacking the MS Win8 package so that it can accept ‘normal’ mail, or stay with Win7. I recommend the latter for most of you. Don’t be discouraged, OE is still out there. Ive dloaded it in the last year from MS themselves! Not to mention it comes in certain Office packs. I prefer the stand alone version -works great! But on my Win7/XP machines only.
    Lets face it, with Apple programmers now writing code for MS (obvious from its desktop look) operating systems, MS is shooting themselves in the foot. I don’t know why as their only competition went into cell phones (apple). 8.1 is due to release in less than 30 days. Much like the backwash over the missing start button, maybe MS should do the same with WMail….. put it back like it was!!!!
    From all the system testing we have done on Win8, it is the poorest Windows version yet. I hate to admit this, and I cant believe im saying it, but my Win8 looks, feels, and runs like a Mac. Not worth a SH*T!!!! Im reloading my systems with Win7. Refunding Win8. That’s what you get MS for selling me an Apple!
    If anyone wants a copy of OE, and cant find it, let me know. I will send you one for the price of making the CD and my time ($10). You better have Win7 or less on your pc. If you have Win8, take it back for a refund. Show MS we wont tolerate this kind of Apple BS!!
    PEACE!!!!

  • someone

    Hey, so I heard something called Zinstall zExpress can transfer your Outlook Express to your new computer. Has anyone checked that out yet?

  • Slavenka

    Windows 8 sucks!!!

  • Ramon

    So does the OE version run POP3 ,or does it IMAP then send that to POP3,which no doubt will not be SSL or otherwise as secure.
    And if I order OE, Do i use the POP 3 mail service address or my webmail (AOL) on the order form? Helpppp.

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  • Tinav

    Hi everyone, I am not very tech savvy so excuse my ignorance. But I am wondering if someone can help?
    I used to connect to my work email through outlook express and webmail? I purchased a new computer and am running windows 8 and using google as my home page. I have tried to access the webmail address several times (which would just pop up) and I keep getting told its not there. I suppose it will be something simple but I cant find what I am doing wrong

  • Sue Basler

    Windows 8 is utterly ridiculous!! I got a new laptop because my old faithful is just not big enough anymore. I had no idea Windows 8 was such a f—ing ridiculous program – I would never have agreed to getting this new laptop had I known – I would have waited a few more months and got myself an apple – they at least don’t try to be so pretentious.
    How the hell are you meant to set up an Outlook Express type of email account. This stupid Windows 8 just does not allow me to do that – it is making me so angry I want to throw the computer against the wall.
    What the hell have you done Microsoft?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Outlook express finally Workson windows 7 and 8 Look Here:http://rafailb.tk/index.php?itemid=27

  • Pasmoi

    Can I convert my Outlook Express Inbox and other folders from a Dell running XP to Outlook mail running 8.1?

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  • MNTechDad

    Wow… obviously English is your second language. You should have someone proof and edit your articles!