OE Classic - Easy to use Outlook Express replacement

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 2.1 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 updated as new features are implemented.

Feature Outlook Express Windows Mail Windows Live Mail OE Classic
User interface Simple Simple, but some features missing More features missing, ribbons, messy, takes time to get used to, more tiny annoyances Easy to use, very similar to Outlook Express
Identities Yes No No Yes (paid users)
Address book WAB (Windows Address Book) Built-in Built-in Built-in
Message storage Proprietary database with access interface (DBX) Proprietary database with access interface (files) Proprietary database without access interface (your emails are locked in proprietary database) - this forces you to keep using Windows Live Mail even if you don't like it later Open database formats (your email data belongs to you), all formats are public and documented in the help
Supported OS Windows XP (and older) Windows Vista only Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (2009)

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (2011+)
All modern Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 (and future Windows)
Up to date Obsolete Obsolete Yes (only 2011+) Yes
Folder limits Only 2 GB (corruption may occur beyond this, quite easily exceeded) (Hopefully) No (Probably) No No (limited only by disk size)
Secure message storage No (frequent folder corruption) No Unknown (possibly yes) Yes (crash proof message saving, can handle power-off in the middle of message save)
Automatic backups No No No Yes
User support No No Not directly from Microsoft Quick and dedicated support directly from developers (read full benefits on order page)
Easily move messages/data to new machine Not supported Not supported Not supported Yes
Can you request new features? No No No Yes (paid users)
Price Bundled Bundled Free Free / $24.95

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We do not ask users to write testimonials for us! We're just too busy working on this program and answering user support questions quickly. Occasionally, a nice email comes along from our users - here is a brief selection of some. Some messages may refer to obsolete and already bug-fixed versions (Pro version is updated very often).


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. (UK)

Note: v1.20 is old version now and has been superseded by later releases which always include bug-fixes and new features. Up-to-date version is available on download page and information about new features is available on news page.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Thanks again,
A Satisfied Customer,
Dennis H.


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.



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.



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.


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.


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

Many thanks.

John S.


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

Thank you very much!

Ingrid F.


Thanks for all your great work!

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

Vika M.


Thanks a Million.

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

best regards,
Dr. Dietmar H.


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.

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