Today, I will be telling you the basic difference between Outlook and Outlook Express. If you have the same question in your mind then keep reading this article..

Microsoft Corporation has a wide variety of users and every user has their own needs. And that's why, Microsoft has launched two different types of Email clients to cater these two segments.


Home Users

These user segment primarily looks for an easy and reliable email with a group of newsgroup functionality. These user segment doesn't look for highly advanced features and functionalities like some others do.

Enterprise Users

Whereas this segment of users, mainly focuses on ease of use, good reliability with a good amount of advanced features and functionalities for an effective integration between their email and tools for collaboration and data management.

Outlook and Outlook Express

Just to let you know the difference between MS Outlook & Outlook Express. OE is the free version that you get with your computer. Whereas MS Outlook comes with MS Office.

Microsoft Outlook

It is one of the most premiere and advanced email client from Microsoft Corporation and is the only email client which is integrated with MS Office and Microsoft Exchange Server. Its features like email integration, contact management, calendaring and scheduling emails makes it one of the best application for business users.

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Outlook Express

Whereas MS Outlook Express is the version of Outlook which comes with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x, 5.x, MS Windows Millennium Edition (ME) OS, Windows 98 and with Windows 2000 edition. OE is basically designed for Home users, who primarily gain access to internet by dialing to an ISP (Internet Service Provider)

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Comparison Table Between Outlook And Outlook Express

MS Outlook Outlook Express
Primarily designed for office or business user Designed for home users
Loaded with emails, task, group scheduling, personal calendars and even contact management system Only has features like email and newsgroup functionality
Support MS Exchange server Doesn't support Exchange server
Comes with MS Office suite Comes with only Windows OS
Support Exchange Server, IMAP4, SMTP, POP3 or any other standard communication system that supports MAPI Support SMTP, POP3, and IMAP
Support email, directory and news standards including MIME, LDAP, NNTP, MHTML, and S/MIME, vCard, vCalendar, iCalendar with full support for HTML mail Support LDAP, SMIME , MHTML and NNTP
Can be used for multiple email accounts Can be used for multiple email accounts
Loaded with advanced inbox rules to manage and organize emails in a better way Have to create your own inbox rules for better management
Integrates with MS Office easily Hard to integrate with MS Office
Better migration and synchronization with other email clients Hard to migrate files to other email clients
Loaded with Automatic Backup No automatic backup. You have to do it yourself
Advanced features to filter junk emails Hard to filter junk emails
Store your emails in .pstand .ostformat Store your data in .dbx format
Can store messages and settings on server Can only store messages on server
Available on Windows7 and more advanced versions Available on Windows XP and its previous versions
So here is the basic difference between Outlook and Outlook Express.

What To Choose Outlook or Outlook Express?

Choose MS Outlook If :-

  • You are looking for an advanced email client with group discussion features.
  • You are looking for an integrated task, group scheduling, managing contacts and personal calendars.
  • Looking for email client which supports Microsoft Exchange server.

Searching for a cross-platform email client which runs smoothly on MS Windows 95and its later versions.

Choose Outlook Express If :-

  • Only looking for an email client with newsgroup functionality.
  • No need of advanced features apart from emailing your contacts.

From the above discussion between Outlook and Outlook Express, it is very clear that the latter is very easy to use and uncomplicated as compared to MS Outlook. But Outlook has a lots of features which OE doesn't have in its kitty.

So the decision is up to you whether you want to go for MS Outlook or Outlook Express.

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