OE Classic is an email and Usenet reader designed to look and feel like the classic Outlook Express.
We were huge fans of Outlook Express because it had plenty of features and was simple to use. Over the years, we have moved on to Thunderbird, but that took some time, so this is nice to see.
Once started, you immediately notice a familiar feel. You have big, colorful buttons across the top with access to the most commonly used features, including create, reply, reply all, forward, print, delete, send receive, address book, and find.
The left side has access to your folders as well as contacts. It was here that we noticed a lack of a spam folder. Checking all the options and settings confirmed there is no spam filter built-in. While we appreciate the attention to detail in OE Classic, some things about the classic Outlook are not missed, and the lack of a decent spam filter is a big one.
You have a list of emails to the right, and the message can be displayed below those. A brief look at File, Edit, Tools, View, Message, and Help shows you the same options you remember.
OE Classic nails the classic Outlook Express look and feel as intended. All that's missing now is the "You've Got Mail" sound clip!
Oh, and a spam filter.
Easy to use user interface (similar to Outlook Express), carefully tweaked over the years for simplicity and efficiency
Multilingual interface in 20+ languages, fully customizable (window sizes, zoom, columns, layout, font sizes, toolbars)
Easy to use wizard for adding email/news accounts with auto-detection of the email server settings (supports Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and many others)
Secure IMAP/POP/SMTP/NNTP accounts, using the latest standards with error diagnostic and detailed logging
IMAP support for $Forwarded, $MDNSent, multicolored flags, MOVE extension, and other advanced IMAP features for minimal network usage and maximum sync speed
Secure sending/receiving using the most secure encryption supported by the server
Message editor with full-text formatting, emojis, pictures, stationery support (compatible with the existing Outlook Express stationery), spell checker for 40+ languages, HTML or Plain text, source editing, and customizable layout
Dual format signatures (HTML/Plain text)
Secure message display (it can block all insecure or malicious content and external tracking images), supports HTML or Plain text, quick view of the message source
Preview pane in the main window or separate message viewer windows
Highlighting folders with colors and messages with flags
Identities support (optionally password protected), a quick selection from the main toolbar
Address book with groups, folders, and custom column layout
Message rules with advanced conditions and wildcard support
Blocked/safe senders and other safety options
Importing emails and address book from Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, EML/CSV/IAF files, export to commonly used formats like EML and CSV
Importing contacts from other programs or webmail
Stores data using the most popular and public domain data formats
Optimized to work best on Windows 10 but also works on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and future Windows