This article lists the frustrations I have personally experienced when moving from Outlook Express to Outlook 2010
After I purchase Microsoft Office Home & Business, I thought it was time to revisit Outlook 2010. I had a bad experience with Outlook 2003 which I hoped Microsoft would have cleared after about 7 years in development
With Outlook 2010, you can't directly import from Outlook Express if you have installed it on a fresh installation. What's more, Windows 7 comes with Windows Live Mail which uses a different format to store its mail.
The working method to import Outlook Express mail to Outlook 2010 is as follows: Import it to Windows Live. Then install Outlook Freeware and point it to the folder where Windows Live has stored the EML files for your mails. The reason I did not use Windows Live's or Outlook's Import/Export function is that the to fields/headers/dates were not imported correctly to Outlook
You have to do a Find All to retrieve all matching messages. Outlook Express finds the first instance of the message and opens the e-mail immediately in the preview pane. Simply hit F3 in Outlook Express to find the next message
If I need to find all messages, Outlook Express provides that option. In Outlook 2010, you are forced to use the Find All function which goes through a process of searching the whole folder.
However, I have to give praise to its near instant searching speed as compared to Outlook Express.
I am sure you have noticed this. There is a noticeable lag when opening a message in Outlook 2010 in the preview pane
This gets more and more noticeable as your PST (the Outlook database format) file grows.
With the below registry hack increasing the size of each message to by as much as three times, you can expect your PST file to grow faster than ever
If I need to submit the message to a spam reporter, Outlook 2010 provides no way to extract the full message source, you can only extract message headers on its own without the message itself. It requires a registry hack. With that hack, messages now take up to THREE times the original space required.
If you don't believe me, try sending a mail to yourself and compare the size difference of the received mail and the sent item mail size with the SaveAllMIMENotJustHeaders registry hack above.
Take note that you will lose all To fields on messages imported from Outlook Express. When I tried to import back to Outlook Express, the To fields were all blank. So do keep your Outlook Express folders and don't delete them in case you want to move back to Outlook Express
A minor issue. Outlook Express allows you to enable/disable the preview by just clicking a button. You have to add the button to the Outlook Express toolbar for this to work.
There are many ways around it. None easy and most of them don't work with the 2010 version. Microsoft doesn't seem to like anyone having access to the raw HTML code in Outlook
A workaround I have resorted is to copy and paste the HTML from Dreamweaver's Live view, or copying and pasting it from a browser should work as well. This way, the formatting is retained somewhat.
A common complaint ever since Microsoft Outlook was born. Till now, it uses Outlook Express for its news reader, storing all the sent posts in Outlook Express's folders.
Here are some suggestions to Microsoft
As you can see, the cons are about the same at Outlook 2003 article I published earlier.
Sooner or later, I wonder whether I would be downgrading to Outlook Express.
Last Updated 4 February 2013
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