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Old 03. Apr 2012, 11:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Email client similar to Outlook Express?

I am using Windows XP and Outlook Express. I run my business (a Continuing Education program) from OE. I would like to upgrade my computer and go to Windows 7, but have not found an email client yet that will identically transfer my intricate set up on OE. Here are some of the things I am looking for:

Message rules. I use these to direct the messages into folders as they come in.

Signatures I use signatures A LOT to place standard blocks of texts in outgoing emails.

Find Feature I use probably use the find message feature 10X a day

Folders My address book in Outlook Express has many folders. I keep a database of close to 2000 student names in one folder. I also have a folder for instructor email addresses, current season email addresses, school admin addresses, suppliers, advertisers, etc. I currently have 28 folders in my address book and inside some of those folders are groups. My local folders/inbox is also an intricate set up of folders and sub folders.

Email Accounts I can send email addresses from 5 email accounts by using a drop down menu in the message I am composing.

I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
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Old 04. Apr 2012, 02:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,
Have you considered this option
"2. Use "XP Mode" in Windows 7 Professional (or more advanced versions)" from here:
http://www.oehelp.com/OEnWin7.aspx
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Old 04. Apr 2012, 02:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, I did mention this to the person I will be buying my new computer from. This is what he said when I asked him about it:

"XP mode is a virtual machine. So it's like having a computer inside a computer. The one inside doesn't really interact with the other one."

This gave me the impression that he didn't think it would work well. But he also hates Outlook Express so I think he is biased!!
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Correct me if I'm wrong anybody, but I'm fairly sure that Compatibilty Mode is in no way a 'Virtual Machine'...
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DreamMail : http [COLON] //www [DOT] dreammail [DOT] eu/intl/en/home.html might work for you. Although it has some quirks and some templates that need getting rid of after that you can get it to work much like OE although I find the contacts setup better than OE. I've replied after each of your requests.
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Message rules. I use these to direct the messages into folders as they come in.
I don't use message rules however DreamMail has the ability to setup multiple rules and it looks simple enough.

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Signatures I use signatures A LOT to place standard blocks of texts in outgoing emails.
Not sure of the number of signatures you can have but it looks limitless.

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Find Feature I use probably use the find message feature 10X a day
The search feature is good and easy to use.

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Folders My address book in Outlook Express has many folders. I keep a database of close to 2000 student names in one folder. I also have a folder for instructor email addresses, current season email addresses, school admin addresses, suppliers, advertisers, etc. I currently have 28 folders in my address book and inside some of those folders are groups. My local folders/inbox is also an intricate set up of folders and sub folders.
This is where DreamMail excels in my opinion. I don't think you will be able to import your contacts already sorted from OE but you can import them and then sort them into folders, heaps of folders

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Email Accounts I can send email addresses from 5 email accounts by using a drop down menu in the message I am composing.
I use this all the time, multiple accounts sending through their own servers, changed simply by clicking the dropdown.

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I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
My only issues with dreammail are it was originally written in Chinese and if you increase the size of the font in the GUI some text in windows gets chopped off (not in your emails but in, say, the options window. Also there is no quick and easy way to setup your outgoing email font and size, you can only do it through the templates. I have trialled heaps of email programmes but keep coming back to DreamMail and have stayed with it now. The only reason I left it was the template are a bit of work to sort out.

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Old 04. Apr 2012, 09:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for your comments. The only issue I see is that I need to have the OE address book and OE inbox transfer identically. I am a one person office, and know I wouldn't have the man hours it would take to sort all of this out.
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Thanks for your comments. The only issue I see is that I need to have the OE address book and OE inbox transfer identically. I am a one person office, and know I wouldn't have the man hours it would take to sort all of this out.
I hope you find it. All the email programmes I tried did the import from OE but never kept my sorting
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I don't use Outlook Express (did a long time ago) or Windows Live Mail (the replacement for OE on Windows 7). Still, I'm going to make a few suggestions.

No need to let your attachment to OE stop you from getting a new Windows 7 PC. Until you find a suitable email client there's no reason why you can't continue using your XP PC for email only.

There are ways to import all your messages, folders, settings etc. from OE to WLM though I cannot say if WLM has all the functionality of OE that you require but I'm guessing it must be pretty close.
Just run the phrase "Import messages into Windows Live Mail from Outlook Express" through a search engine to get plenty of info on how you might go about it.

Personally I would import everything into WLM to try it out, get it set up correctly and get used to using it on the Win7 machine, whilst still keeping OE active on the XP machine until I was comfortable/ready to make the change.

Of course, if you were to run OE in a virtual machine or via XP mode on your Win7 PC then you could indeed integrate it into your new machine that way though it would add complexity.
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Windows Live Mail should be fine as it is the Outlook Express replacement. I've transferred many people including myself from OE to WLM. The interface is different but WLM has all the features people were using in OE. The same applies to your requirements for rules, folders, signatures, find and sending account.

I suggest you install WLM and test it with a test email account. You can test the migration process while still using OE.

Migrating messages and folders always works fine. My experience is not as positive for transferring contacts.
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Old 05. Apr 2012, 12:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the ideas. The problem still remains that I need all the folders currently set up in the OE inbox, and the folders and groups set up in the OE address book to transfer identically to a new client. I have yet to find a program that does this of the ones I tried. And, I beleive I did try Windows Live Mail a while ago.
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