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 beginner. Accessibility is also our important goal. 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 2.5 For 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.

Feature Outlook Express Windows Mail Windows Live Mail 2009-2012 OE Classic
User interface Simple 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
Identities Yes No No 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 Built-in
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 No
(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) Unknown Unknown No (limited only by disk size)
Secure message storage No (possible folder corruption, especially with Compact function) Unknown Unknown Yes (crash proof message saving, can even handle power-off in the middle of message save)
User support No No No 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) Yes
Can you request new features? No No No Yes (paid users)
Price Free with Windows XP purchase (bundled) Free with Windows Vista purchase (bundled) Free Free / $24.95

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Occasionally, a nice email comes along from our users - here are the recent ones - the new ones being added from time to time.


I really appreciate the fast replies I receive from you. The support you've been providing certainly justify getting the PRO.


(Jun 29th, 2016)


Am so glad that you took the time and effort to write a program that so closely resembles OE, which I think has exactly the right features for regular email use. Now likely even better with your improvements and features.

Thanks again,

(Jun 26th, 2016)


I just wanted to say how positive our experience has been with OE Classic, and we've just upgraded to OE Classic Pro.

The main reason is how good the programme is for my severely sight impaired wife. The system is simple and fast, and we love the simple way to magnify both received emails and when writing new ones (we've christened it 'Control and roll'). The truly impressive thing is that the magnification reformats the text so none is lost from the visible pane. So many magnifiers we have used enlarge the text but half of it then drops off the side of the pane making it very difficult to use.

Add to that the simple folder system and the astonishingly quick and personal response to our queries early, it's really transformed our use of email.

Thanks so much, keep up the good work

All the best
Dan and Di A.
(Salisbury, UK)

(Jun 20th, 2016)


Thanks so much! It took less than a minute from start to finish, and the Subject sort even ignores any prefacing Re:'s. Bravo! Your program brings so much happiness to my life (I have to use Outlook at work and hate it).

Martin F.

(Jun 17th, 2016)


Thank you so much for all your hard work. I have never regretted buying OE Classic. You keep on improving on an already great program. I could have chosen a lot of other e-mail clients after Microsoft dumped us but yours is absolutely the best. You really amazed me that you kept track of the improvement I was waiting for. You are awesome and so is OE Classic.

Yours truly,
Wayne H. N.

(Jun 16th, 2016)


I just love this OE Classic Pro email program you have made available at such a reasonable price.

I plan to spread the word to all my friends about what a great program it is, and what good service I have gotten already.

Kindest personal regards,
Arnold B.

(Jun 16th, 2016)


As always, thank you for your prompt and detailed reply. Your customer service is top notch and I continue to love the program. I can't tell you how many times I have wished for a certain feature or improvement, only to have it happen with the next update! I'm very pleased that I chose OE Classic. Thank you for being so good at what you do and so responsive to your customers. :-)

Jahnna D.

(Jun 15th, 2016)


I would like to thank you for your quick response to my initial enquiry and to congratulate you on such a fine product. After testing the free version I could see it was good, but it was a wise move to quickly upgrade to the Pro version to get rid of the advertising built into outgoing emails... and so well worth it.

When my old Windows XP crashed for the final time I was devastated about the loss of some 15 years of emails in DBX files. I was forced to move to a new PC running Windows 7 (preferred choice for serious business, as opposed to Windows 8). And I couldn't find any email programs that matched the really helpful file organisation and simple functionality that Outlook Express once offered: great for nested folders and a logical email organisation. Was there any hope of getting my old files back? I found a program which said it could read them but I was unimpressed when I tried it out. So then I tried OE Classic.

OE Classic works just like the original Outlook Express - actually, much better, without some of the quirks. I didn't really expect to be able to recover my old emails because they had not recently been compacted and there were so many. However, I imported them to a new folder and... 3 hours later there they all were! Then I compacted them; better late than never!

What a fantastic product. It may not offer spam filtering (yet) but there are workarounds for that with its POP3 capability and the suggestions offered by the OE Classic team. So if you are stuck because you've lost old Outlook Express files this has to be your best solution.

Best wishes,
Ian Kingsley (writer at www.iankingsley.com)

(Mar 17th, 2015)


It is such a pleasure working with someone like you. You are so interested in enhancing your product and seem to do so with few bugs, maybe you could give Microsoft a few lessons!

Dolores B.

(Jan 30th, 2015)


You have created an excellent product which fills a real need -- a sure recipe for a successful business. May you prosper (and live long).

David N.

(Jan 29th, 2015)


The OE Classic update is great, you have done a magnificent job, everything works extremely well, and I like the idea to choose background colors.

Thanks for your past help and perseverance and I am telling as many people as I can about the program, especially those who 'cry' because they left Win XP Outlook Express and updated to Win 7.

Yours faithfully,
John D. L.

(Jan 18th, 2015)


Thanks for the most awesome software, I really enjoy using it - it's the best mail client available.

Jeanette N.

(Jan 16th, 2015)


Thank you for the help, it's great getting any help, let alone prompt help with email problems. I should've got rid of Windows Live Mail long ago, dealing with Microsoft is a joke. I should be able to get things figured out now.

Bob H.

(Jan 3rd, 2015)


Thanks for this mail program, I'm sure you will have plenty people who will order this program from you. I will spread the word for you every chance I get.

Wishing you the best.......
Billy T.

(Dec 31st, 2014)


I have been recommending your OE Classic to others. IMHO, you have a winner here!

Frank K.

(Dec 29th, 2014)


Appreciate the size of your program, functionality and speed. You have done a really great job in resurrecting/creating a very user friendly and functional e/m program. Look forward to ongoing development. Appreciate your efforts.

Doug B.

(Dec 23rd, 2014)


My parents are big fans of Outlook Express so when they moved to Windows 8 they were really disappointed they couldn't take their old interface with them. Just spotted this, installed and imported their old mail. Piece of cake. Very impressed.

Robin A.

(Dec 16th, 2014)


I love the program. I have been wanting something like this for a long time. Thank you for making it. My husband will be buying one too!

Lisa W.

(Nov 29th, 2014)


Thank you for your quick reply to my enquiry earlier today.

I confess that had I realised the address function was enabled via FILE even in the basic version, and printing enabled via right click, I probably wouldn't have bought the Pro version. However, I'm now glad that I have contributed to your business by buying the Pro version as I love the simple, clear appearance of OE and am glad to be encouraging you in this endeavour.

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 Messenger. I can't stand all the complicated jumble of bells and whistles and social networking paraphernalia in that program and the unnecessary disc space it uses so I have used Thunderbird for the past year. 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.

Thank you very much for taking the time to explain so clearly about the word wrapping and for implementing the 80 column auto-wrap in version 1.20. It is most interesting for me to see how you are building and adding to OE Classic.

Yesterday I was experimenting with window size and discovered the temporary fix you mention of making the window narrower, so that is what I'll do until version 1.2 is released.

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!

Best wishes,
Nathan G.

(Nov 15th, 2014)


Have updated my demo to Pro on my old XP machine and copied the messages and accounts across... absolutely just what I was looking for... next transfer everything to the new Win7 machines.....

Very pleased with the program and will see if some of the other people I support are interested in changing to it.... I suspect they will for sure.

All the best,
Mike M.

(Nov 13th, 2014)


I was overjoyed to find a version of Outlook Express for Windows 8. I always found it nicer and an easier way to use email than Hotmail or Orange Webmail.


(Oct 31st, 2014)


I love your product. It's very good and the service you provide is even better. Feel free to use this as a testimonial.

John M.

(Oct 29th, 2014)


I really do love your program. Great Outlook Express replacement. Keep up the outstanding work.

Steven P.

(Oct 28th, 2014)


Fantastic speed on a topic message... and on a Sunday evening - now that is real support that too many other companies just don't do any more. I give you 5 Stars!

And being 100% on the spot of what I needed and honest that OE Classic is still growing and that feature is still being worked out - 5 more Stars!

One more Q? ... where is the Donate Button, good growing companies like you are building can use all the support in return to help you grow.

Thank you
Joe C.
Happy customer on the other side of the pond

(Oct 13th, 2014)


I'd like to say that OE Classic is the best email client for Windows 7 that I have come across. Very much like the old Outlook Express with none of the problems I have encountered with Windows Live Mail such as repeated downloads of messages I have already received and deleted and error messages popping up when I try to open an email or delete it.

Congratulations to your programmers for producing it and a free version too!

Best regards
Michael D.

(Sep 29th, 2014)


HUGE kudos and mad love for making this awesome, and in my opinion the best email client available by far. Keep up the good work.

Jens S.

(Aug 12th, 2014)


I want you to know I like this email client!!! I have been looking for it ever since I had to leave Windows XP. I wish all email clients were as easy to use as this one.

Fred P.

(Aug 1st, 2014)


I've had Windows 7 for three years now, the only email program that I could find that I liked was Outlook, however it was at times a pain. A few weeks ago in the Windows Secrets forum a member mentioned your mail program. Of all the programs I've tried it's the best by far.

Many thanks,
Lee H.

(Jun 28th, 2014)


I should add that I originally tried Windows Live Mail. I couldn't get any of the messages to transfer properly and the address book was completely reformatted... what a pain! It will be so nice to have a genuine replacement for my old faithful OE.

Gerard L.

(May 29th, 2014)


I would like to report to you that OE Classic is working very well. I really do appreciate all the hard work you all have done on providing this application to the Outlook Express 6 community. You have saved us from the other junk email applications that are cumbersome and difficult to use. This is a great application and I look forward to using this for a very long time.

John E.

(Mar 25th, 2014)


Tonight, I downloaded the program and I am pleased beyond words! What a great program that kept the feel of OE6 and added some wonderful improvements! Thank you!

John W. M.

(Dec 29th, 2013)


You are great! Most sites don't give a **** and won't communicate. MS are total ********. OE Classic is an excellent program in its simplicity.

The problem today is that the geeks get to design the background details of a program and the interface as well. They are out of touch with reality. The controls on cars are a good example when you are required to flip through a menus to operate the volume or change a station on the radio (as you smash into the rear of the car in front of you). The interface must be designed first by normal humans and then the geeks should be told to make it work.

Much appreciated for you honesty and support.

Hugh H.

(Jun 29th, 2013)


Very rare to get this level of service.
I appreciate it!

Thanks again,
A Satisfied Customer,
Dennis H.

(Jun 28th, 2013)


No Question! Just to thank you for your excellent email programme. I was dreading upgrading from Windows XP as I knew Outlook Express was going. OE Classic is an ideal replacement and probably better than the original.


(May 29th, 2013)


Thank you soooo much for your help. I am now up and running and have everything back to normal.

I want to tell you that I have never received so much tech help anywhere else as I receive from you.


(May 20th, 2013)


I went from XP to 8.1, the Windows Mail app ***** so much and Microsoft was NO help in helping me find something better... maybe $100 for Outlook 2013.

This is what I wanted, this took my XP emails and what was in the **** Windows Mail and it was sooooooo EZ!!!!

Thank you!
Thank you!
Thank you!

Paul B.

(May 19th, 2013)


Thank you very much for replying to my email.

I have now purchased OE Classic Pro.

Using the extremely useful, detailed information contained within your email, coupled with your outstanding online manual.

I have managed very successfully to install OE Classic Pro. Copy my considerable number of files / folders and Address Book from Outlook Express to OE Classic Pro. And finally to migrate OE Classic Pro to my swanky new laptop. As a result, I can now condemn my creaky old Desktop PC to the local re-cycling centre.

I am a very happy chap and I consider OE Classic Pro to be wonderful value for money.

John R.

(Apr 13th, 2013)


I have NEVER had a program where I got the quick technical service you give.

Many thanks.

John S.

(Mar 9th, 2013)


The investment made in your program goes way beyond the money spent.

Thank you very much!

Ingrid F.

(Sep 11th, 2012)


Thanks for all your great work!

I'm always amazed and touched by your fantastic customer support and lightning-fast responses.

Vika M.

(Jul 25th, 2012)


Thanks a Million.

Finally I have a clean path for migration from Windows XP!

best regards,
Dr. Dietmar H.

(Apr 5th, 2012)


I am replying to you from my new wonderful OE Classic Inbox!!! Everything has worked beautifully and I am so grateful to you for taking the time to tutor me through this. All your instructions have been terrific and I am thrilled with the result. I will recommend OE Classic to everyone I know. Thank you again.

Moira F.

(Mar 26th, 2012)

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