How do I upgrade from outlook.com to Outlook?

Taffy1803

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 64 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server 2007
Hello Diane. You're very much aware of all the problems I've had with my outlook.com "in the other place"! I've now made time to upgrade to Outlook, the version that is part of my Office 365 Home product. How do I upgrade to Outlook please?
 

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
First, it's not really an "upgrade" - it's just a different way of accessing the email account.

Open Outlook on your desktop - the new account wizard will open. Enter your address and click the button. Outlook will do the rest.
 

Taffy1803

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 64 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server 2007
I've just had a horrible thought, Diane.
I have profiles on some 140 sites and when I log on, my email address on all of them is "mynameAToutlook.com". Will I have to change my email address to "mynameAToutlook"?
 

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
No. That is the mailbox address. Outlook desktop is just a client to get into the mailbox - it replaces Outlook on the web as the client (or supplements it).
 

Taffy1803

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 64 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server 2007
I know a fair amount about PCs etc but I have to confess that I am very confused with mail/mailboxes etc Would you point me in the direction of your articles on it please so that I can get a better understanding? Thanks
 

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
I don't have an article specifically for that. :(

You have a mailbox provided by someone - be it your ISP, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo etc - and need to read the mail sent to your address.

Most email providers have web mail - you use a web browser to read your mail right from the mail server. You need to be connected to the internet to read your mail though.

Or you can use an email client installed on your computer to download your mail to your computer. Using an email client means you can read mail when you are not connected to the internet. You can also write an email, hit Send to add it to the outbox, but send it later. A mail client usually gives you more features and can make it easier to do things, like move mail to other folders.

It's not an either-or situation - where you always need to use a browser or an email client. If you are out and need to check mail from someone else's computer, you can still use a browser even if you use a mail client on your own computer.

Outlook software that comes with Office suite is the most well known mail client, but there are others - Windows 10 Mail, Thunderbird, eM client are just a few others - along with old, old clients like Windows Live Mail and Outlook Express. Can't forget Eudora - it was the best and most popular client before Outlook came along.
 
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