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Default email handler

I have recently installed a new PC with Win XP and MS Office. I store my address book in Outlook 2003 Contacts. When I wish to call up an address in Word 2003, I get an error message saying that my address book is not accessible unless I make Outlook my default email handler. When I do this, the address book in Word works OK. I have been using Outlook Express (now version 6) quite happily for several years and am reluctant to change.

What are the pros and cons of Outlook vis-a-vis Outlook Express?


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