Dear Computer Lady,
I still have XP and know it is getting very close to the deadline for upgrading. I love my Outlook Express and don’t want to give it up. Is there anyway I can still use OE in Windows 8 or is there a similar e-mail program I can use with Win 8?
Thank you, Charlotte
You will not be able to use Outlook Express with Windows 8, the last operating system that could run Outlook Express was XP.
You have several options to choose from when you do upgrade to a new computer. Lets look at a few.
Windows Live Mail: The latest free email program from Microsoft. While not identical to Outlook Express, it does have a familiar feel to it. You can download it as part of Windows Essentials.
Mozilla Thunderbird: Free, open source software made by the same folks who bring us Mozilla Firefox. Thunderbird also looks similar to OE, although the tabbed interface can take a little bit of getting used to. You can download it from mozilla.org
Gmail: Gmail is not an email program, it is web based, however, you can set it up to work with one or more of your email addresses, and you can access it from any computer, tablet or phone. Any changes you make on one device will be reflected on all your devices.
I use Gmail because it has the best spam filter around, and I can check and respond to messages from more than one location. You can access Gmail by going to www.google.com and clicking on “Gmail” in the black toolbar across the top of the window.
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