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How Can I Set-up Outlook 2010 For Reading News? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've been reading that it ought to be possible to integrate the NNTP protocol with Outlook 2007. Is there an option to do the same with Outlook 2010?

    TIA,
    Axel Dahmen
    Sunday, February 28, 2010 12:32 PM

Answers

  • Outlook has never handled Internet Newsgroups.
    Outlook Express (now called Windows Live Mail) does.

    Outlook used to have a "News" command which simply launched Outlook Express with the /newsonly command line parameter to make OE hide its mail side. Outlook Express used to be called Microsoft Internet Mail and News.

    You used to be able to get Exchange Server to download newsgroup messages and make them available to Outlook through Exchange Public Folders. I don't know if that option is still supported.
    Simon Jones http://pcpro.co.uk
    • Marked as answer by BetterToday Sunday, February 28, 2010 1:03 PM
    Sunday, February 28, 2010 12:44 PM

All replies

  • Outlook has never handled Internet Newsgroups.
    Outlook Express (now called Windows Live Mail) does.

    Outlook used to have a "News" command which simply launched Outlook Express with the /newsonly command line parameter to make OE hide its mail side. Outlook Express used to be called Microsoft Internet Mail and News.

    You used to be able to get Exchange Server to download newsgroup messages and make them available to Outlook through Exchange Public Folders. I don't know if that option is still supported.
    Simon Jones http://pcpro.co.uk
    • Marked as answer by BetterToday Sunday, February 28, 2010 1:03 PM
    Sunday, February 28, 2010 12:44 PM
  • Outlook uses Go, News to open Outlook Express in newsonly mode. It's still in 2010, but only on Vista and XP (win7 doesn't include an nntp client). You'll need to use a 3rd party utility to read news in outlook- see http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/nntp.asp for tools that support it.

    Newer versions of Exchange Server do not support NNTP, although that doesn't matter much, unless you are the exchange admin and can set it up - its not something a user can control.

    Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]
    Outlook Tips: http://www.outlook-tips.net/
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    Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:03 PM
  • Windows 7's Windows Live Mail does include Newsgroup support.
    Open WLM and click Go | Newgroups.

    Simon Jones http://pcpro.co.uk
    Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:16 PM
  • Windows 7's Windows Live Mail does include Newsgroup support.
    Open WLM and click Go | Newgroups.

    Yes, but its not included in Windows 7 and Outlook doesn't 'see' it - it won't use it with Go, News.

    Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]
    Outlook Tips: http://www.outlook-tips.net/
    Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center: http://www.slipstick.com
    Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:17 PM
  • Windows 7 may not ship with WLM pre-installed but it does ship with a link to get it - a nitpicking distinction for the lawyers. Type "Mail" into the Start menu and you are given the link to get Windows Live Essentials which includes Windows Live Mail.

    The fact that Outlook can't integrate with it doesn't preclude you launching it yourself.

    Your reply appeared to imply that it is impossible to read news on Windows 7 without a third party tool but Microsoft make the tool and give you a link to get it on the Start menu. Perhaps my reading was faulty and I inferred something which was not intended.
    Simon Jones http://pcpro.co.uk
    Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:41 PM
  • I suppose I should have added a 'because' so it would be:

    Outlook uses Go, News to open Outlook Express in newsonly mode. It's still in 2010, but only on Vista and XP (BECAUSE win7 doesn't include an nntp client). You'll need to use a 3rd party utility to read news in outlook

    Outlook's Go, News command is in outlook 2010, but only works with Vista and XP because only they include a native nntp client. A 3rd party tool is required to read news IN Outlook - this is the case on all versions of Outlook.

    Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]
    Outlook Tips: http://www.outlook-tips.net/
    Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center: http://www.slipstick.com
    Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:52 PM
  • I see. So although it is possible to download and install Windows Mail via the Hyperlink in Windows 7's Start menu, Outlook 2010 won't be able to launch it because the "Go, News" command doesn't work for Windows Mail on Windows 7, would that be correct?

    I've now downloaded and installed Windows Mail. It works fine for me. I just heard about the integration option in Outlook 2007 and I was curious about it. In the past I had always been using Outlook Express for using newsgroups. So I'm perfectly fine now.

    Thanks to you all for enlightening me!

    Yours,
    Axel Dahmen
    Monday, March 1, 2010 12:58 AM
  • Correct. :)

    Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]
    Outlook Tips: http://www.outlook-tips.net/
    Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center: http://www.slipstick.com
    Monday, March 1, 2010 12:59 AM
  • Outlook doesn't include NNTP protocol to read the newsgroups but you can add this feature by installing third-party add-in NNTP for Outlook. It allows you to create NNTP account to download messages and send posts to the newsgroups. mapilab offers 32-bit version of this add-in only.
    Monday, December 10, 2012 6:27 AM
  • Does this work with Outlook 2010? The webpage doesn't list 2010 as supported.


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