You do realize that this is an extremely bad idea from a security standpoint right?
Outlook has been hit with numerous bugs that make it real easy for phishing scammers to send you an email from some site like PayPal, and make the URL appear to be from PayPal, even though it's really sending you to some other site. Then you're passing the data on to what will probably forever be the single most exploited computer program in history, Internet Explorer. Saying that IE's security has been a train wreck is actually being quite generous. It's probably more like a train wreck where one train was carrying nuclear waste and the other train was carrying some kind of severe biohazard material. Now the entire surrounding landscape is a gigantic no-go zone for generations to come.
You can use whatever email program you want. So long as "Outlook" isn't in the name anywhere, it will likely be a big step up. And the same is true of Internet Explorer, only you need to make sure it's not just some program masquerading as a whole new browser when it's really just a new front end on IE. That also would greatly reduce your odds of getting even more spam, falling victim to some kind of phishing scam, having your system overrun with malware, and several other undesired outcomes.
Hi. Whenever I click on a link received in an email, there is about a 30 second delay before the linked web page begins to load. This occurs whether or not IE is already open.
I am using Outlook 2007 with Internet Explorer 7 with XP Home edition.