How to download and use Outlook Express in Windows 10

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If you were looking for quite a while to find if Outlook Express works for Windows 10, you will find the answer to your question below.

There are many people out there that are wondering – where has Outlook Express gone?

Before the launch of Windows 10, many were hoping that Microsoft would decide to revive the old Outlook Express.

To keep things short – that hasn’t happened. Why it hasn’t happened, it’s pretty obvious for those that have a background in technology, and not so much for the regular users.

Update: we have managed to find a software that is similar to Outlook Express on Windows 10. The product has both free and paid versions, but we recommend the paid one for more functionality. Keep reading to find it below.

How can I run Outlook Express in Windows 10?

There are alternatives of getting Outlook Express even on your Windows 10 device, be it a laptop, tablet or even All-in-one.

While the experience will not be exactly the same, it will help you work with a similar software. Read on to find out the needed services to replace your Outlook Express experience.

Why Outlook Express isn’t in Windows 10, download links

The answer to this question is very simple – Outlook Express is missing in Windows 10 because it has been deprecated since Windows Vista. So, it wasn’t present neither in Windows Vista or Windows 7.

But, even this fact wasn’t enough for many loyal fans to hope that Windows 10 will come with Outlook Express.

Therefore, for those that have arrived here searching for Outlook Express on Windows 10 – unfortunately, the bare truth is that you were searching for something that has been dead for a long time already.

And don’t try looking for it in the Microsoft Store, you won’t find it there. It has been succeeded by Windows Mail and now it’s available under the form of Windows Live Mail.

You can access that in Windows 10 under the simple Mail application.

Want to configure Windows Live Mail for Outlook on Windows 10? Check out this guide and learn how to do it easily.

Outlook Express is not to be confused with Microsoft Outlook which serves for much more things than just being an email client. They don’t even share a common codebase.

Albeit I said you shouldn’t be looking in the Microsoft Store for Outlook Express, I could be wrong.

Maybe there is a brave developer out there, that’s going to bring back old memories and develop Outlook Express under the form of a nice Windows 10 application.

But I really doubt that, since it could come in conflict with Microsoft. But, who knows?

Looking to import Outlook Express mail to Outlook 2010? Take a look at this guide to find out how to do it.

Update: what many users don’t seem to understand is that Windows 10 can’t be blamed for the disappearance of Outlook Express. We’ve tried our best to search for some solutions to solve this issue. Albeit some of our commenters recommend the following:

download microsoft office on the desktop in windows 8, then look in your drive, then in programs so you can find Microsoft office, then find outlook express icon so it will bring it up, now when you begin to setup your email information make sure you put it in manually, then your done then after that pin it to your program taskbar and you can do it for the rest of in office.

You need to know that this won’t bring up the old Outlook Express but Windows Mail. If you’re willing to try another service that’s similar to Outlook Express (thanks to our commenter emanon), you can do so with the following:

  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Zinstall XP7 Technology
  • Zimbra Desktop
  • Eudora
  • Barca
  • Calypso
  • Lotus Notes
  • Pegasus
  • Pine
  • The Bat

Or you could have a look at some of the best email apps for Windows 10, maybe they will be of interest to you.

OE Classic, best Outlook Express alternative in Windows 10

People land on this page hoping that there is a solution of getting back the Outlook Express feeling on Windows 10. The above mentioned software can help you out, but it seems that if you want something good, you need to pay for it.

We have been approached by InfoByte, a reliable company that deals with software development. Their solution is called OE Classic and is just the right thing you need for your Outlook Express nostalgia.

Here is a real customer testimonial regarding the OE Classic software:

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 I can’t stand all the complicated jumble of bells and whistles and social networking paraphernalia in that program and the unnecessary disk space it uses so I have used Thunderbird for the past year.oe classic pro

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. 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!

If you think that OE Classic is the right solution for you, then follow the link below to order it. Don’t worry, if you are not satisfied with it, you can always ask for your refund within 60 days – that’s a guarantee from the vendor!

But I suspect that you won’t be doing that! You can also feel free to have a look at the gallery with screenshots and if you click the banner from above, it will lead you also to the order page.

Outlook Express Q&A

  • Is Outlook Express compatible with Windows 10 – no, it’s not, but you can install the above software which will mimic it almost perfectly
  • Is there a free alternative to Outlook Express on Windows 10 – yes, there is, but it doesn’t come with the same amount of functionality as OE Classic
  • Where can I buy Outlook Express for Windows 10 – just follow the above download links and you’ll find a great software alternative

If you have any additional suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.