Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Confusion Ball

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Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Confusion Ball

Xah Lee, 2010-05-13

The state of software industry is still quite fucked. Today, i wanted to import Microsoft Mail to Thunderbird. Guess what? Impossible. What a fuck is this? Microsoft Mail is the default email program from Windows Vista. A major mail software. Thunderbird is also a major mail software. Thunderbird's import tool provide choices for Outlook and Outlook Express, but no Microsoft Mail? It is rather incredible that Thunderbird can't import it by default.

Searching the web, you'll find that if you want to import, you'll have to use some 3rd party import tool written by some joe. From my experience, that means good luck!

So, i decided to upgraded to Windows Live Mail instead.

The email software and importing business is one confused ball. Here's some clarifications:

  • Outlook Express is the bundled free email software on Windows for much of the past 15 years, including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP.
  • Outlook is a commercial email program from Microsoft. It is part of a office application suite. It is a more of a full featured email program than Outlook Express.
  • Windows Mail is the default free bundled email progrom for Windows Vista. It replaced Outlook Express.
  • Windows Live Mail is the default free bundled one on Windows 7. It replaced Windows Mail.

Also note, that Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail is pretty much the same software, not rewrite.

Upgrading from Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail (WLM) is pretty easy. You just download the latter. There's no need to import your mail. You simply start WLM and have all your old emails there. Nice.

For more of my email software experiences, see: Converting Email Formats.

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