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.
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||OE Classic||Outlook Express||Windows Mail||Windows Live Mail 2009-2012|
|User interface||Easy to use, very similar to Outlook Express||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|
|Identities||Yes (Pro version)||Yes||No||No|
|Message rules||Comprehensive set of rules and actions, easy to use||Very limiting||Very limiting||Very limiting|
|Address book||Built-in||Windows Address Book (WAB)||Windows Contacts||Windows Contacts|
|Message storage||Public domain database formats (your email data belongs to you), all formats are documented in the help (SQLite/MBX format)
Plus import/export of standard EML files
|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)|
|Supported OS||All modern Windows (and future Windows), Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000||Windows XP only (and older)||Windows Vista only||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (2009)
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (2011)
Windows 7, Windows 8 (2012)
|Up to date and security updates||Yes,
Actively developed, improved and supported for 11 years now! Up to date with security updates (and latest security bulletins), making your system safer against email-related malware.
Retired since April 8, 2014, security updates have stopped
Retired since April 11, 2017, security updates have stopped
Retired since January 10, 2017, security updates have stopped
|Folder limits||No (limited only by disk size)||Only 2 GB (corruption may occur beyond this, quite easily exceeded)||Unknown||Unknown|
|Secure message storage||Yes (crash proof message saving, can even handle power-off in the middle of message save)||No (possible folder corruption, especially with Compact function)||Unknown||Unknown|
|User support||Quick and dedicated support directly from developers (read full benefits on order page)||No||No||No|
|Easily move messages and data to new machine||Yes||No (needs third party programs)||No (needs third party programs)||No (needs third party programs)|
|Can you request new features?||Yes (paid users)||No longer developed||No longer developed||No longer developed|
|Price||Free / $24.95||Free with Windows XP purchase (bundled)||Free with Windows Vista purchase (bundled)||Free, no longer available|