andreaborman wrote:Well,I don't know anybody else that can use Outlook Express and clones. Everybody that I know can't use it. So it's not just me. Andrea Borman.
Almost everybody I know IS
using them. I use Outlook (not Outlook Express) at home and at work. At home I have to connect to mail servers with non-standard configurations and expired SSL certs. All it takes is a minute or two looking up the right information, and then entering it. It's going to be roughly the same with any mail client because they all use the same protocols. If they didn't then they wouldn't be mail clients, they'd be something else.
If nobody could use mail clients, how on earth did anyone send mail before webmail clients became popular (ie. pre-2005)?
Well,you can just use normal web mail like G.Mail or Hotmail. That works in Linux and Windows. And then there is the chat messengers,where you can do video and voice chat. As well as email text messaging.
And did I mention Pidgin? Pidgin does email test messaging and you can connect different accounts,Google,MSN and many others. And chat to contacts on these networks.
On Linux Pidgin works fine but on Windows it does not work well at all. And you cannot do video or voice chat on Pidgin except to contacts on Google Talk.
But although on the website it says that you can do video chat on both Windows Pidgin and Linux Pidgin to friends on Google Talk. The video plug in only works on Linux Pidgin but not on Windows Pidgin.
So in fact you can do video or voice chat to contacts on Google Talk in Pidgin on Linux. But you can't do video or voice chat to contacts on Google Talk on Pidgin on Windows. As this feature is either not there or not working on Windows. Despite the website saying that it is working on Windows, but it's not.Only the text chat works on Windows Pidgin.
But you can do video and voice chat to contacts on Google Talk only, on Linux Pidgin. Also Pidgin works better on Linux, but on Windows it does not work well at all.So Pidgin is best used only on Linux.
As it seems that Windows Pidgin and Linux Pidgin are different from one another. So if you are using windows, it is better to forget Pidgin and get Instantbird instead. As Windows Pidgin does not work very well.
Instantbird is made by the same makers of Pidgin but Instantbird is much more simple to use. And Instantbird like Pidgin, it supports all networks,Facebook,Google Talk,MSN and many others. But Instantbird does not support voice or video chat,only email text messaging. But that is all right. And I can use it without any problems.
Instantbird is also available for Linux but because it is not in the package manager, you have to download it from the Internet. And that's not the same as doing that on Windows. As on Linux it does not just download from the Internet. And end up on your desktop or start menu,ready to use like it does on Windows. It only installs as a file after you have extracted it.
So I cannot install Instantbird on Linux unless they put it in the package manager,which they don't. But if it was in the package manager, I could install it.
And in case Windows users feel left out of having an instant email text messenger that also does voice chat to a few networks.
What about Nimbuzz? This does mainly email text chat but supports all networks like Instantbird does. But Nimbuzz supports voice chat only to three networks. These are Google Talk,MSN, and Nimbuzz contacts but not video chat. But Nimbuzz works well but is only available for Windows.
Then you have got the video chat messengers,Aim,ICQ,Windows Live Messenger,Google Talk for Windows only. And other, but not so many video chat messengers for Linux.
But you have also got Meebo and I Love IM which are web messengers that you use in a web browser. And works on both windows and Linux.
The above are all of the things you CAN USE. Outlook Express and clones are what you CAN't USE. Get it. That is how the true picture looks.
So forget-THE EMAIL THAT NOBODY CAN USE. And use normal email or chat messengers. At least you can use them. But you cannot use Outlook Express or it's clones. You can't. Andrea Borman.