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What are EMAIL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an EMAIL file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your EMAIL files.

What is an EMAIL file?

Files that contain the .email file extension store email messages that have been created in the Microsoft Outlook Express email application. Microsoft Outlook Express is an email application that is included with Internet Explorer versions 4.0 through 6.0. The application can also be used on some Mac operating systems.

An EMAIL file contains the actual email message that was sent or received using the Outlook Express email application.

Contrary to popular belief, Outlook Express is not a limited version of Microsoft Outlook. While the names are similar, the two programs do not have the same codebase.

Microsoft Express has become increasingly obsolete as more and more people use the newer Windows Live Mail email application.

How to open EMAIL files

Important: Different programs may use files with the EMAIL file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your EMAIL file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the app ourselves yet, our users have suggested a single EMAIL opener which you will find listed below.

Last updated: March 12, 2012

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of EMAIL files. Remember, different programs may use EMAIL files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

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