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Windows 7: Is Outlook necessary

18 Nov 2009   #1

Is Outlook necessary

I am buying a new laptop and have been told that Windows 7 does not require outlook to access mail. Is this true or do I need to install outlook?

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18 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium

No .not at all,

You can download Microsoft's Live Essentials:
Essentials - Windows Live

Or the open Source Thunderbird:
Thunderbird - Reclaim your inbox
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18 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Outlook is still available as part of the Office suite - Outlook express as been superceeded by the Windows Live Mail from the Windows Live suite.

The live essentials Suite is not included in the install package of Windows 7 but can be downloaded using a link on the start menu - after completing install.

Alternative email programs are available both free and commercial or you can of course manage all email on-line, using a web interface supplied by the email supplier
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18 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 64

To my knowledge, Outlook has never been a requirement to receive mail, at least not in a home environment. New in Windows 7 is that there is no mail client installed by default. The Microsoft way is to download Windows Live Mail. Me I'm quite satisfied with Mozilla Thunderbird.

Edit: Discard this answer, didn't notice the above posts (how could I miss...)
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18 Nov 2009   #5

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

I use outlook as its a part of my Office 07. Otherwise, I'd have used ThunderBird.
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