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Can Outlook and Outlook Express share the same mailboxes?

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Recently, I had my o/s upgraded to XP by an independent tech.  He also installed MS suite, MS Outlook 2000 and Outlook Express 6.  (Previously, I was using Netscape for email functions.)  At his office, we discussed the pro/cons of Outlook vs. Outlook Express.  He advocated that I use OE on a regular basis and for serving emails for Internet Explorer.  I didn't want my incoming email going to two different repositories and he assured me that Outlook and OE would be able to share/read the same Inbox -- just like they shared access to the same Contacts file.  It seemed to work at his office.

After I got the computer home, I experimented and could not get the desired results.  EMail read in by Outlook only shows up in Outlook; likewise for OE.  I called the tech back; he said he would fgiure out the right settings and get back to me.  But, alas, I had already paid him (in order to get the machine out of his office) and here I sit.

I've read other, various responses and am getting the impression that Outlook and OE files have different extensions, folders, etc.

IS there such a way, some combination of settings, that allows Outlook and OE to share mailboxes (particularly Inbox) on the same machine (and same user)?
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Ok, there is no way to have them SHARE the same inboxes.  But, you can set them to leave a copy of messages on the server, so that each may download the message from the server.  This requires that you use the same email account for both, in which case would kind of make this pointless.  But if you want it to have the same emails in both, you need to turn this feature on.

For Outlook Express, go to Tools, Accounts, Mail tab, click your email account and click Properties.  Click the advanced tab and put a checkmark in "Leave a copy of messages on server".

For Outlook 2000, if your installation is Internet Mail Only, you'd follow the same instructions.

If your installation is Corporate or Workgroup, go to Tools, Services, Click the internet mail account and click Properties.  Click the Advanced tab and put a checkmark in "Leave a copy of messages on server".

To find out what installation mode you're in, go to Help, About Microsoft Outlook.  Then, at the top it should either say "Internet Mail Only" or "Corporate or Workgroup".

Also, In both Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook, don't forget to put a checkmark in "Delete from server after x days" and set it to however many days you would like.

Hope this helps.

Mark
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by:William-Erickson
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1) Sorry for the late date in closing this question/accepting this answer.
2) This was my first.
3) I appreciate the answer even though it indicates that I simply can't do what I'd like.
4) At the risk of asking another question, why would anyone want to have both Outlook and Outlook Express on the same machine?  ... and what are the advantages/disadvantages of one over the other?
William E.
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