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My OS is win 7 prof 64 bit and I have msn email account, the free version, and office 365 for Home edition.
Attempts by Microsoft technicians to configure and install my msn email account into Outlook 2013, failed many times over despite the issue being escalated to higher level technicians.  
One of the reasons was that although my email is for home use, but I have an enormous amount of email and also folders, thus one of the reasons.
My Q is if I were to upgrade to the office small business edition of office 365, would this solve the problem, and I was thinking aloud of also going for the Exchange Server with the office 365.
Hope the experts can please  give me some advice if my line of thinking might solve the problem.  Thank u for your response.
jegajothyretiredAsked:
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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
As a follow up to my Q above, my ISP is Verizon DSL, the internet service + telephone line.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Do you use archiving? I think if you archive your mail into smaller PST files, it will reduce the size of your main PST file. I have a lot of email (back to 1996) and hundreds of folders. Outlook 2013 handles it well. I have 4 archive PST files.

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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
thank u John, I will try your strategy straight away.
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rgormanCommented:
If your mailbox size is your only issue then paying for Office 365 would get around that.  There would be some work cutting your email over to the Office 365 service and likely importing all your mail so it is all on the Office 365 servers though.

I would say the features of Office 365 are well worth the price tag...
jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
in response to rgorman, would going for the Exchange Server 2010 and using outlook 2013, do the trick?  but it looks like I need a domain, but my email account is an msn email, the free version. so how do I tie up this two, i.e. my msn email account with the domain.
rgormanCommented:
From my personal experience it wouldn't be a wise idea to run your own Exchange server just for your own personal use.  It isn't cost effective since you will need to run a server 24x7 and you will likely need a static IP at the location where the server is located plus then you are required to manage and maintain the Exchange server and perform all the necessary backups to keep it going while you use it.  If you wanted to do it as a learning exercise then it would be a fine idea.  If it isn't for learning, then you would be better off with Office 365.  I used to run my own Exchange server for years but I easily spent more per month on powering the server than it costs to subscribe to Office 365 for myself and I don't need to maintain anything any more and I am always getting to use the latest very of Exchange,
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Look at the Archive options very carefully:  When to archive, where to put the archive file, how far back to archive, do NOT delete old items, and so on.

I have 4 archive files:  

Prior to 2006
2006 to 2008
2008 to the end of 2010
2011 and 2012
2013 and later (until it gets too large)

My main file has emails from 2014 to now. All of it is available and all is searchable. The archives range in size from 600 MB to 1.2 GB for the largest archive and the current mail file.

At the end of 2015, I will start a new archive for 2016 and beyond.
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thank u everyone for your inputs.
jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
thank u everyone
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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