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. 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 2.51 For Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
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,
Windows XP only,
Retired since April 8, 2014
Windows Vista only,
Will retire on April 11, 2017
Will retire on January 10, 2017, Latest version from 2012
Actively developed, improved and supported for 6 years now!
|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|
Occasionally, a nice email comes along from our users - here are the recent ones - the new ones being added from time to time.
I find that OEClasic email program is the best alternative to Outlook Express and it is so much cheaper. It is very easy to deal with. And whenever one gets some difficulties, it is so easy to send a "help" message to which one gets a very helpful answer the next day - that option Outlook does not serve. But the best feature is, when I do a backup "in and outgoing" mails every month to an external hard drive, to minimize the number on the computer, then it is possible to open and read the messages directly from the backup file. In Outlook one needs to have a special program or reinstall the mail again into Outlook. Thank you for a very good email program which I can recommend to everybody.
(Sep 21st, 2016)
Thank you for an impressive product. I had been lazy about updating and was still running v2.1 (released July 19th, 2014). I recently installed v2.51. I am surprised at how much faster 2.51 runs and communicates with the email servers. It is nice to have a product that is actively supported.
Albuquerque, NM, USA
(Sep 15th, 2016)
Thank you for offering OE Classic. It's so nice to use something I understand and can configure... It's the only client I've really liked.
Centralia, WA, USA
(Sep 6th, 2016)
Hi - Thank you so much for building this app.
I've used OE6 for years the way it was NEVER intended - as a giant filing cabinet for decades of mail and needless to say I've had the expected issues due to folder size limitations and have spent who knows how many hours (and the cost of DataNumen) fixing corruptions and restoring data. I run XP/Parallels/iMac and now that I am being forced to upgrade Parallels/MacOS/Windows, I had to find a new mail app since I refuse to create a Microsoft account and the built in mail app is worse than terrible. I tried ******** on my wife's new Win10 machine thinking I would get the commercial version. What a piece of ****.
I figured I was screwed as I just couldn't find a mail app that would work the way I work. Then in another search I found your app. I'm elated.
All in all tremendous app and service. I can't say enough nice things. For me it is worth twice the money you charge. You have saved me a ton of aggravation.
I already switched my wife over from ******** - just so you know your competition. A week to get an email reply. Then 4-5 days between replies. The app was auto deleting her mail with the feature disabled. Then their only suggestion was sending them logs. And this is in Win 10 it was designed for.
Dunnellon, FL, USA
(Sep 5th, 2016)
Just wanted to say how much I like this program. Thanks.
Garland, TX, USA
(Sep 1st, 2016)
Excellent professional help with installation and questions. I highly recommend the OE Classic Pro! I have been using it for 2 months.
Hayward, CA, USA
(Aug 25th, 2016)
Thank you. This program is marvelous, beautifully crafted, a pleasure to use.
South Pasadena, FL, USA
(Aug 18th, 2016)
I have used Outlook Express since 1998, and when I was forced to let go of Windows XP recently, I knew I was in trouble. No email client is as simple and intuitive as Outlook Express. And now it was gone... until I discovered OE Classic. Simply AMAZING! Thank you so much!!! It's like Outlook Express on steroids. Amazing support and lightning fast response to suggestions. I still smile every time I go on and realize I still have Outlook Express in my life and business. Again, thank you to the developers.
Kitchener, ON, Canada
(Aug 9th, 2016)
I love this email program - love the simplicity of it and the clean look of it too.
I also love the fact that you respond to help messages so quickly.
Thank you very much for creating such a great email client.
Mount Clear, Victoria, Australia
(Aug 5th, 2016)
OE Classic works like a dream, so glad this is on the market.
(Aug 3rd, 2016)
No need to reply to this! I just wanted to thank you for making an email client that is so good while using little memory. For me, it is around 18 MB which is so neat and conservative.
Some email programs I have used have been 200 MB, or even more, and some have multiple processes, all taking yet more.
It's fantastic what you have achieved for such a full-featured program, and I just wanted to let you know my appreciation.
(Jul 4th, 2016)
I really appreciate the fast replies I receive from you. The support you've been providing certainly justifies getting the PRO.
(Jun 29th, 2016)
I 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.
Saugerties, NY, USA
(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.
(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).
Tenafly, NJ, USA
(Jun 17th, 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,
Frederick, MD, USA
(Jun 16th, 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.
Wayne H. N.
Amherst, OH, USA
(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. :-)
Valley Springs, CA, USA
(Jun 15th, 2016)
Not only you always add great new stuff, but you guys also send out such helpful explanations/screenshots and have such fantastic support. Thank you so much for all your hard working improving a program that is already so very good! I can't imagine using anything else! I hope this software sells really well, as it deserves to. Thanks again.
(Jun 10th, 2016)
THANK YOU very much for all the time and energy you are spending to continuously improve OE Classic. Keep up the good job!!!
(Jun 6th, 2016)
I thank the day I found OE Classic.
(Jun 5th, 2016)
Many thanks for your email advising of Message Rules. I really appreciate this evidence of your good business acumen regarding customer service. I continue to enjoy my usage of your software.
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
(Jun 5th, 2016)
Message Rules are ABOVE and BEYOND OE; OE was simple; Yours is elaborate... choices I don't even understand. You really outdid the original and then some! Terrific job. Just waiting for a new email to come in to test it.
(Jun 4th, 2016)
You have done a fantastic job in providing folks like me a 'normal' e-mail program.
(Jun 2nd, 2016)
I absolutely love the new incoming message rules. Now that my incoming mail is sorted into its appropriate folder, I can see at a glance which ones I need to read right away and which I can read later based on the folders they are in.
I like the feature of being able to use multiple addresses for one rule. I noticed there is also a ton of choices regarding what to do with messages. Appears to be very complete.
This is a MAJOR update and you've done an excellent job. Thanks for your work and dedication. That shows in the quality of work you produce.
Have a great day.
(Jun 1st, 2016)
Just to say REALLY pleased to see 2.5 with Message Rules released. This is a Major upgrade and makes OE Classic the ideal email program for me...
(Jun 1st, 2016)
I love my OE Classic Pro and refuse to use any other email program. Much more versatile. Nothing else holds a candle to it.
(May 18th, 2016)
Wow a real person and I haven't even paid yet! Thank you so much for your full and perfectly clear answers to my questions. I have to say it is very refreshing to have a software vendor talk to me like the guy at me local hardware store that has helped me out with any problem I show up with and fully before helping the next guy. You guys are setting a standard in customer support that simply does not exist elsewhere on line.
Nothing short of 5 stars here! *****
(May 18th, 2016)
OE Classic is wonderful! I love it and would recommend it to anyone.
Thanks for your help.
(May 15th, 2016)
I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was at the level of support that you offered after I inadvertently corrupted the file structures of my various e-mail addresses using some other software, which also added numerous duplicate files making things very difficult to understand.
Thank you for sorting the mess out. That is tremendous; more than I could have hoped for and all without charge. I don't know where else you can get service like that these days. It was amazing to sit here and watch it all happen. Well done.
Please feel free to use all or part of my comments as a testimonial.
(May 13th, 2016)
I develop software for a living too, so I both understand and appreciate what you are doing. Going to be recommending OEClassic to all my friends and family, it is much needed, and fills a real gap in the market. Thanks for great communications too, don't know how do you find the time :)
(Apr 29th, 2016)
I have been hanging on to my XP and Outlook Express. The email finally is being more than difficult. I downloaded OE Classic and was able to get it working. A feat that surprised me. I want to thank you very much for having this program available. I think it was far easier to install and use than I ever expected.
(Apr 29th, 2016)
Purchased OE Classic Pro yesterday and I am so pleased with the program I had to tell you....... I'M REALLY PLEASED WITH THIS PROGRAM!!! Thank you for developing it.... if you ever come up with an Internet Browser let me know..... I'll be first in line to get it.
(Apr 29th, 2016)
I just wanted to say Thank You for all of your hard work, and for the improved convenience and functions of OE Classic Pro! I particularly like being able to see/edit the source code in reply and new emails.
OE Classic Pro is more like the friendly old Outlook Express that I remember (without the old OE problems and flaws)!
And thank you for continuing your great work!
(Apr 26th, 2016)
It worked great, and I am enjoying your hard work. Absolutely the best email app for Windows 10.
(Apr 23rd, 2016)
Absolutely fantastic... Very very very happy about this update, have made my life so much easier. Happy to be a paid customer. Thank you very much!
All the best to you
(Apr 15th, 2016)
I just want to send you a HUGE THANK YOU for adding this to your very excellent program.
This, and the URL now showing in the status bar when hovering over the link, are absolutely brilliant additions.
You've made me very happy and I am 100% delighted with your perfect replacement for Outlook Express.
Very best wishes
(Apr 15th, 2016)
As a fellow independent developer, it is good to see your are continuing development, and even engaging users in feature choices! I tend to get distracted myself by day-to-day "emergencies" like hackers or client website content.
I bought the OE program for my mother rather than retrain her on Outlook 2010 or 2013. I am sure it will work well.
Roman B. V.
(Apr 8th, 2016)
At last alternative to Incredimail... love it miss the old XP days but on 7.
(Mar 29th, 2016)
Guess I have been using the program for a month or so, and have found it very easy to use, quick, spell and punctuation corrector. No glitches or hang ups, nothing. I did get one update, and this also was almost too easy. You guys have put together a great, easy to use email program.
(Mar 25th, 2016)
This is a super great piece of software. My hats off to anyone involved in its creation. Thanks a bunch.....
I have been using Win XP and refused MS to go to anything else. Win 7 is my MEBU (Mission Essential Back-Up).
(Mar 22nd, 2016)
I'll always be grateful you were there to bail out us "Outlook Express" users when Microsoft abandoned us. You were the ONLY one! No other mail program does what your does and believe me I looked long and hard at many email programs before I decided on yours.
The sign of a good program is one you never think about. It always does what it's supposed to do. I never think about your program and that IS a complement.
Anyway, keep up the good work my friend.
(Mar 9th, 2016)
I sure like OE classic. Exactly what I wanted in an e-mail program.
(Mar 6th, 2016)
I think that your OE Classic is a fantastic program. Thanks for all the assistance with my installation.
(Mar 5th, 2016)
I tried OEClassic; of course it works. I was even surprised by the speed at which the messages from Sympatico (around 30) were transferred.
I will definitely promote your program around.
(Mar 4th, 2016)
You are absolute life savers. I am still very state of the ark and have been using Outlook Express 6 on Windows XP for the last 500 years but was forced to upgrade due to hardware malfunction. I hated all the other mail apps out there and couldn't believe my luck when I stumbled across you guys! I love the app.
(Mar 3rd, 2016)
I'm a new user and am very impressed with the program. It is "Outlook Express" but with numerous improvements. Glad I found you as I upgrade computers and go from XP to Windows 10.
(Feb 29th, 2016)
This is Fantastic!!! Thank you for all 3 replies. Life will be so much easier, especially when you institute the Portable version for use with USB. I now already keep my docs on USB for simplicity of use between the 2 machines.
I'll purchase your Pro version later this evening! Thank you so MUCH!
I've been looking for something "like" Outlook Express and haven't been happy with anything - until now! So glad I found this!
(Feb 29th, 2016)
You are spectacular! I cannot tell you how long I searched for a program to accomplish my goals. The download was easy and fast. The import worked very accurately: folder and emails. Of 4 companies I called or emailed, you were the only one to follow through and reply - and fast! This speaks so well for you and your company... service is SO lacking these days. Please feel free to use this as an endorsement.
40 years travel experience
Stillwater, MN USA
(Feb 29th, 2016)
As far as having "difficulties", not really. It was extremely easy to setup, even if it wasn't your full Pro Version. :)
It works as good or better than MS Outlook Express worked before they (MS) "ended" it in "Windows 7".
Thanks and Have a Great Day,
(Feb 22nd, 2016)
Thank you very much for the instructions from Vista to Windows 10. I had to do this remotely for a computer illiterate friend and the result was perfect for him.
He purchased the Pro version mostly because he was pleased but also to remove the ad.
Only wish I had found this sooner before trying Thunderbird, MailBird, etc. The others have a modern look but couldn't import existing mail or were too confusing for him.
So thank you very much. Keep up the good work!
(Feb 19th, 2016)
Thank you so much for showing how to set the font and size and I look forward to seeing the font color added soon also. You have no idea how much I missed the original Outlook Express. I put off buying a new computer because of that one thing. When my XP died just short of 8 years of age, I was despondent. I thought I'd have trouble with my new Windows 10 computer, but other than not having OE, I'm doing well with it. And now, your OEClassic has made me very happy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Best regards to you
(Feb 11th, 2016)
Thank you very much indeed: I am really impressed by how quickly and concisely you provide advice.
Very grateful indeed: I hate transferring stuff to new PCs and operating systems.
(Jan 14th, 2016)
Thanks for the speedy reply to my questions. Apologies for my delayed reply.
As soon as I get the address booking structured to my liking I will upgrade to the Pro version (and am already recommending your product to others).
Can I also take this opportunity to say that, although I've only known about your company for a few days, I am hugely impressed by the product and especially with the clarity and comprehensiveness of support you are giving me. I deal with many support centres on behalf of my 'silver generation' friends and I have never seen the detailed step by step easy to follow instructions which you have set out.
(Jan 7th, 2016)
I just built a new machine (bought the parts and OS a couple of years ago) and had been concerned about the switch to W7 because I use Outlook Express extensively in XP and was aware that it was no longer available.
After a bit of research and considering the various alternatives like Windows Live Mail and Thunderbird, I decided to try OE Classic Pro and am very happy with your software - it was obviously designed around the old Outlook Express but without some of the limitations of that old program.
No learning curve and all the powerful features (such as hierarchical folders for filing my emails, and Identities).
Great Job OE Classic!!!
I count myself as very fortunate that I decided to try your product.
Thanks very much for your help, and again - great job on OE Classic - you can be proud of what you have done here - hopefully the public catches on and you sell lots of these.
You can be assured that I will be passing the word to all the people I know who might be interested (although most I know seem to like Outlook - too heavy weight for my taste).
(Jan 4th, 2016)
This is the best software company/individual that I have experienced - and I am a retired computer programmer after over 30 years.
(Dec 14th, 2015)
I am chuffed to little mint balls and will tell friends and several forums about how fantastic the program is and your brilliant support. I can't thank you enough!!!
(Oct 30th, 2015)
Discovering OE Classic has been a 'godsend' for me, as I never thought I would be able to move away from using Windows XP, due to the Outlook Express compatibility. Many thanks again for your help in setting up OE Classic.
(Oct 26th, 2015)
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for such quick responses to my query -- your service is above and beyond any other company I have EVER dealt with in my life! And this email program is absolutely superb!!!
Again, thanks sooooooooooo much and may God bless you for being so kind.
(Oct 18th, 2015)
You very promptly dealt with four items in a clear concise manner in four separate emails which provided an easy way to get the program working to my requirements.
Thank you for this easy to use program and for the excellent service.
(Oct 16th, 2015)
Thanks a bunch. One thing that I love about your replies is the amount of detail information you provide. Believe me this is a huge help to your customers. I love OE Classic! Much more stable... and much better... than Windows Live Mail.
I recently upgraded to Windows 10. OE Classic works GREAT!
As for upgrade download... got it! The $25 for OE was the best $25 I have ever spent on software. Worth much more.
Thanks again for very quick reply.
(Oct 12th, 2015)
Thank you for your quick response. This is truly a great program. I always loved Outlook Express because of the uncluttered interface and the ability to have all my email come into one program. This program accomplishes that and more. I would recommend the program to anyone that doesn't want to have to check and write email on webmail accounts.
Keep up the great work. The market really needed this program. I was running XP on a separate machine as well as a Virtual XP machine under windows 7 just to keep Outlook Express and multiple years of email history, now I don't have to deal with opening XP to get and read my email. Life is much simpler. I have not converted entirely to Windows 10 and bypassed Windows 8. Windows 10 looks 100% better but am waiting until I have had the chance to work with it on one computer before converting completely. However, it's a big comfort to know that I can run Outlook Express Classic on the new platform. I have never been a fan of Windows Mail or Live Mail. This is a far better alternative.
(Oct 11th, 2015)
Have to admit my POV is from the days before Gmail, Hotmail (before it became Outlook.com and what genius has two products with the same name to confuse customers), and webmail in general: except for certain specific circumstances (even the 'webmail version' of email offered by AT&T which is fostered on the Yahoo email servers does not qualify) webmail is slower, format are poorer/less rich/relatively inflexible, and so on -- which is why I believe why your product satisfied an 'existing niche' and found customers -- I used all of the Microsoft mail and email clients the Outlooks and Exchanges, and while they were all on older slower computers Outlook Express, and now OE Classic just outperforms with better, tighter code.
(Sep 30th, 2015)
Although, I have used this software only for a day, I must say it truly is wonderfully designed. It works like a charm.
Thank you for a wonderful piece of software.
(Sep 23rd, 2015)
Thanks for the superior support, never have I had such great support for a program!!!
(Aug 15th, 2015)
I have just found OEClassic and am delighted with it. I find Windows Live Mail very tiresome and unstable after many happy years of Outlook Express.
I have ordered your OEClassic Pro version and very much look forward to using all that it offers.
Your customer service seems to be as good as the program itself!
(Jul 13th, 2015)
Had customer who's staff was really comfortable with Outlook Express. They hated online email software.
We installed one workstation today with OE Classic Pro. Had a little trepidation setting up the email server parameters, but it worked almost immediately. In just a few additional minutes we were also able to install their Contacts and emails from the older OE.
It works wonderfully. Everyone else in the office wanted the same. Just purchased three more copies.
Thanks you for a wonderful product!
(Jul 8th, 2015)
Greetings from Southern Oregon,
Installed your software today and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.
The installation was flawless, importing from both Outlook Express and Windows Live Mail was smooth and the user interface is very friendly.
I looked at Thunderbird and a few others before I came across OE Classic Pro and I'm extremely satisfied.
It is a pleasure to use such a well thought-out and designed program that "JUST WORKS" after the easy installation.
Thank you for solving my email problems once and for all.
(Jun 23rd, 2015)
Firstly, I'd like to tell you that I am utterly amazed at the outstanding effort you are putting in to help me resolve this issue. In this day and age it simply does not usually happen. The wonderfully kind and helpful responses I've had from you and the speed with which you've replied is more like the good 'old fashioned' service that we all used to experience.
You have nothing tangible to gain from doing this because I've already paid and bought the program from you - (not that my 20.00 odd is going to help you retire to a villa in the sunshine). What you are trying to do is really lovely. Quite unexpected. And very, very welcome. Thank you!
(Jun 17th, 2015)
I just want to put on record my thanks for all the help you have given me since I started using OE classic. Not that the program itself is any sort of problem, but my upgrade from Windows XP to Win7 was fraught with problems and when OE classic got caught up in the cobwebs you sorted it all out with alacrity and impressive expertise. I have nothing but admiration for the way that OE has been launched as a stable and usable program, to which the promised updates are gradually being added. It is already a better program that Outlook Express ever was, easier to use than many of its competitors yet still rich in features. I am so glad that I found it and am not suffering with using the alternatives. I would say to anyone using OE that the support received is more than worth the cost of the Pro version.
(Jun 17th, 2015)
Thank you for coding the fastest email client I have ever used.
(Jun 9th, 2015)
I feel very comfortable with your OE, no problem during installation, no problem with importing mails and contacts from MS OE, no problem during working, simply super :-)
(Jun 3rd, 2015)
Thank you for your insight and help. And I want to tell you, I am very pleased with the elegance and ease of use of OE Classic. Love it that I am no longer at the mercy of Microsoft.
(May 27th, 2015)
Thank you for this software product! Saved the day for me, a longtime OE 6 user.
It's working well so far.
(May 13th, 2015)
I would like know if you have a way through your website to send "PayPal donations"?!? $24.95 is not enough!
Even though I wish a few things were different, this is helping me finally get rid of an old XP machine (that I wondered every day if it would keep working).
(Mar 30th, 2015)
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.
Ian Kingsley (writer at iankingsley.com)
(Mar 17th, 2015)
Just wanted to say it is EXACTLY what I wanted! Appreciate you giving it the clean look and feel of old Outlook Express without all of the other stuff that has been glommed onto Outlook & Mozilla Thunderbird.
Again, thanks for a great product!
(Mar 11th, 2015)
Want to say, all us old users of MS OE appreciate what you've done to replace it with a better product.
You rock... (and notice, I've replied with my default business account, which now works)
(Mar 11th, 2015)
If I haven't told you, your customer service/response to questions, is absolutely awesome.
(Feb 17th, 2015)
I want to Thank OE Classic and its staff, this is the Best Email I have ever had and you have always answered all my Questions and helped me Fix anything that i have had to deal with Fast!!!
(Feb 13th, 2015)
The support you offer for OEClassic is the best I have ever had for any PC software.
(Feb 11th, 2015)
I've been using OE Classic since August last year. Just thought I'd drop you a line to say what joy it is to use!
(Feb 3rd, 2015)
Love your program. One of the best features for users with small-screen computers is the ability to suppress from the display all but the bare essentials, so as to free up space for the actual message (e.g. no headers, etc).
(Feb 3rd, 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!
(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).
(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.
John D. L.
(Jan 18th, 2015)
Thanks for the most awesome software, I really enjoy using it - it's the best mail client available.
(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.
(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.......
(Dec 31st, 2014)
I have been recommending your OE Classic to others. IMHO, you have a winner here!
(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.
(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.
(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!
(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 this version. 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 new version is released.
I just love the clear, simple appearance of OE Classic and I look forward to seeing the various new additions and beyond. OE Classic is a masterpiece in the making!
(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,
(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.
(Oct 29th, 2014)
I really do love your program. Great Outlook Express replacement. Keep up the outstanding work.
(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.
Happy customer on the other side of the pond
(Oct 12th, 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!
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(Jun 29th, 2013)
Very rare to get this level of service. I appreciate it!
A Satisfied Customer,
(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!!!
(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.
(Apr 13th, 2013)
I have NEVER had a program where I got the quick technical service you give.
(Mar 9th, 2013)
The investment made in your program goes way beyond the money spent.
Thank you very much!
(Sep 12th, 2012)
Thanks for all your great work!
I'm always amazed and touched by your fantastic customer support and lightning-fast responses.
(Jul 25th, 2012)
Thanks a Million.
Finally I have a clean path for migration from Windows XP!
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.
(Mar 26th, 2012)