So I said to myself, “Self, do you realize you’ve been using Outlook Express for twelve freaking years?” OE’s been cranky lately, and maybe, I reasoned, it’s because the database files are just getting too damned big: we’re talking a hair under a gigabyte of accumulated mail.
The MS follow-on product is Windows Live Mail, and I suppose I could have thought of a better time to install it than 10:30 on a Saturday night. And actually, things were fairly seamless, considering there were 23,000 messages to move around; three old folders failed to make the trip, which I attribute to some form of database corruption. These were restored from a backup. Time elapsed: about 45 minutes, including downloading the installer.
WLM doesn’t have a database structure; it saves each item as an individual file. I’m guessing that this will make life easier, at the expense of disk space. And if I ever get out from under Redmond’s thumb, exporting all this mess to a mail client on another platform will have to be at least slightly easier. (And before you ask: yes, I have a Hotmail account. Had one since about ’98. Go figure.)