Looking for Outlook Express replacement?

While it was quite popular back in the day, around the time of the Windows Vista release Microsoft decided to replace the Outlook Express email client. Some users switched to the competition, while others stayed with Microsoft’s new email app that was later replaced by numerous iterations and rebrands of what we know now as Windows Mail or just “Mail”. If you are still grieving Outlook Express discontinuation and the replacement doesn’t quite satisfy your needs, maybe it is time to try eM Client.

Moving from Outlook Express

If you are moving to Outlook.com (since Outlook Express for Windows 10 doesn’t exist) you can use the migration tool offered by Microsoft. It can be accessed via this link but you will need a Microsoft account to log in. The data transferred to Outlook.com account can be synced with eM Client by setting up the account there. As an alternative, eM Client has a built-in import option made specifically for Outlook Express users. If the database of Outlook Express is still present in its default location on your disk it will be found automatically, after that confirm the import of selected data and wait for the process to be finished.

After the transfer to Outlook.com

If you choose to transfer Outlook express data to Outlook.com, you can add that account to eM Client aside from other accounts you might be using. Outlook Express mail is basically all moved to the cloud by this transfer so it gives you even more possibilities than before. You can access all the data on a mobile phone, or web browser. Or, if you chose to switch to another desktop app from Outlook Express, download your emails to eM Client and never look back.

To add the account to eM Client you will need just a few seconds, then the synchronization will take place and its duration will obviously, depend on your mailbox size. But once the account has been added, the app will take care of the rest.
Here is more detailed information about account setup- You can find the account setup wizard under Menu>Accounts>+Add account. Once you click on the “Add account” button the setup wizard will be launched, use the automatic setup field, and don’t get scared by the pop-up window, it is a new authentication method Microsoft is using and we’ve integrated it into eM Client. Authenticate your account via the web browser pop-up and you should be good to go.

Why eM Client?

When many users lost their go-to email app after the discontinuation of Outlook Express, it may have been hard to find a replacement since regular Outlook is paid and business oriented. While eM Client satisfies the email need of businesses (and not just that, it’s an address book, calendar, task manager, and a lot more), it can still provide a home user with all this functionality without sacrificing the intuitive UI.

That on its own might be enough of an argument for someone who’s struggling to wrap their head around the desktop Outlook, but there is also a free version of eM Client. The free license can be used forever but with limited features and then there is a 30-day trial that has no restrictions functionality-wise in case you would like to see all of its eM Client’s features without paying anything upfront.

eM Client, just like Outlook is available for macOS and Windows, however, Outlook scores on mobile platforms by being available on iOS and Android. Outlook Express was compatible only with Windows and sure its replacements/competitors have more to offer in terms of compatibility with various platforms.

Outlook also has unparalleled integration of MS Office which Microsoft 365 users will surely appreciate but again, this is a business-oriented feature so home users might prefer a cleaner and more customizable interface of eM Client. If you are looking for MS Exchange support which Outlook Express lacked, eM Client and Outlook will both do a great job.