Outlook Express on Life Support?

Microsoft says support for its stripped-down e-mail client will continue, but as part of future Windows clients.

Outlook Express, Microsoft Corp.s free, stripped-down version of Outlook, is not on its last legs, contrary to reports published reports this week, Microsoft said.

But exactly how Microsoft will continue to support OE remains a bit murky.

OE currently ships as part of Internet Explorer. And Microsoft has admitted begrudgingly that it has no plans to continue to support a standalone version of IE going forward. The current and seemingly final version of IE for Windows is Service Pack 1 for IE 6. Future IE releases will be bundled into future versions of Windows only.

It seems the same is true of OE, although Microsoft isnt stating the situation as plainly as that.


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