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Alternatives to Outlook?
Are there any?

 11:37 am on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am really tired of Outlook.. It crashes all the time and I would love to find an alternative to using Outlook. I have many e-mail addresses, at least one for each site I run. Can anyone recommend some alternatives?



 1:12 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I hope you're not confusing Outlook with Outlook Express. Those are two completely different programs and despite their name have little in common. Currently Outlook 2003 is probably the best mail platform you can get.

The big alternative in a corporate setting would be Lotus Notes, but I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. Outlook and Exchange combo is still the best in the industry.

If you're talking for something at home then Eudora or Thunderbird would be something to check out as an alternative.


 1:40 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hosted Exchange and OWA?


 1:48 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Outlook hangs only when you have lots and lots of emails in your INBOX folder , archive all the emails that are old and you dont need

Just one query , is there any utility in outlook so that it can find all the email address of persons from whom i got the email , i just want to note all the emails and add them to address book , i there any way to do automatically search and add in address book

earlier i didnt used that function to automatically add person in address book when i reply , so whats the solutions for old emails i got


 3:31 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

You can drag the emails into the contacts and it will let you know if its there already.

Or you can write vba code in outlook (Alt f11) to search the folders, get the deatils and add to contacts. you can get the code on google outlook/vba groups.


 5:23 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Outlook 2003 is probably the best mail platform you can get

I agree (though I'm using Outlook 2000), and wouldn't switch to anything else. It does crash maybe twice a month, usually when I've clicked a link in an email.

The advantage of Eudora is that you can have multiple installations, one for each email account. However, the disadvantage is that Eudora stores all of your attachments in a folder, which is a folder that can easily accumulate viruses. Also, Eudora tends to corrupt its indexes easily.


 6:39 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am using Outlook 2003. Archieve always fails. It seems to also crash with Zone Alarm's virus checker.


 12:11 am on Nov 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

I stopped using Zone Alarm products years ago. Their software is too invasive on too many levels. A combination of Outlook 2003 and NOD32 AV is the most trouble free setup I've ever had.


 1:58 am on Nov 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Is the NOD32 have a mail scanning integration? Also, how is it with detecting? I do have virus scanning on all of my servers, but there some that come through Clam AV serverside.


 5:42 am on Nov 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

NOD32 scans Outlook mail directly. It doesn't integrate that directly with other mail packages, but with Outlook it does. Their claim is that they've never missed a virus in the wild.


 6:58 am on Nov 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

Looks interesting. I'll take a look at it. Thanks for the tip.

Robert Charlton

 6:43 am on Nov 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have many e-mail addresses, at least one for each site I run.

After several years of looking, I decided on PocoMail... with some mixed feelings, I should add, but I've only occasionally reconsidered Outlook, which I think is probably it's only real competition. Poco makes it very easy to add and monitor multiple email accounts, which is one of the reasons I got it.

It's also an extremely secure email client, immune to a lot of the scripts that will run in Outlook. At the time I got it, pre-XP, Windows was much less secure than it is now, and Outlook was the target of every crazed hacker in the world. There's a price for some of the security, though. Poco isn't really html email friendly. It's got a very different rendering engine than Internet Explorer, so there are sometimes display problems (mostly with ads); and it's very hard to forward html emails without breaking them... and damned near impossible to forward an html email as a plain text message without some garble here and there (eg, some words run together, etc). Conceivably, Outlook has such html to plain text translation difficulties too.

Poco is very fully featured, with innovative interface features that have been copied by Outlook. Poco also a sister program called Barca, that includes a calendar and fancier address book... and I'll probably be upgrading to that soon. Barca doesn't appear to be a fully featured contact manager, though, and it's been long enough since I've looked at Outlook that I can't make comparisons.

I think that Poco uses .mbx files, btw.


 9:10 am on Nov 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

i share my life with mozilla thunderbird.
does a good job for 12 email accounts i use on an IMAP server.
it definitely has everything i need. my requirements are pretty low, though.


 9:24 pm on Nov 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm a Pocomail user too (nice to meet another, Robert Charlton). Been very happily using it for over 5 years and love the flexibility. Would very highly recommend it.


 10:45 pm on Nov 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I used to just use Outlook Express because of it's simplicity. I then used Outlook 2003 for a while but it never really grew on me. I'm currently using the Beta Office 2007, and Outlook 2007 is a very neat program. It's simple yet feature rich. Quite an improvement.

I just wish there was a KMail port for Windows.



 9:54 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

you should try Outlook 2003
Works fine to me.


 10:25 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

Running Outlook 2003 here. I have a 12 gig pst file, about 4k contacts, 500 calendar items, up 24x7x365, also running LookOut search software and a wireless inbox sync client. My biggest folder is over 550k emails in it. I literally can't remember the last time I crashed.

Aside from the wireless sync, the junk mail filters are just awesome - nothing can compare.

Three years ago when I switched - I looked high and low for anything that could come close to comparing. The only thing in it's league is Eudora, but the spam filters are not up to outlooks standard. I get about 1600 emails a day, with 1200 of that being spam. It all matters.

</old microsoft basher>


 6:01 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have a 6gb PST at work, and a 2gb PST at home. The only reason I ever crash is due to Norton.

Matt Probert

 6:42 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

I use an old free version of Eudora. I have never been infected through an email, and my address book has never been poached by an email virus - both serious issue with Outlook.

Need I say more?



 1:29 am on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

mozilla thunderbird


 10:32 pm on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)


Thank you for recommending NOD32. I just installed the trial, and it seems to be much faster and lighter weight than Norton. Checking and sending mail is instantaneous now; it was taking up to 10 seconds with Norton.


 11:17 pm on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

>> mozilla thunderbird

Works for me but it's not an Outlook replacement, just an Outlook Express replacement. The lack of a good Outlook clone keeps the masses from moving to OpenOffice.


 5:16 pm on Dec 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>Works for me but it's not an Outlook replacement, just an Outlook Express replacement.

The original post only mentions email. For that purpose, Thunderbird works. If you need calendar too, then Lightning is also in the works.

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