Originally posted by Win2kpatcher
the most important being that the size limitation of your E-Mail account is gone when you use outlook...well not gone just larger (how much free space on your hard drive you have).
i see what you're saying here but i dont want others to get confused. If you're using a pop3 account, you email (by default) is downloaded from the server to your machine and deleted from the server. If there is a size limit on your account and you take an extended leave of absence, the limit still applys whether you use outlook or not. If you're using an IMAP account, the email messages you download stay on the server. But when you delete the email from outlook, the email gets deleted from the server as well.
outlook provides more functionality than most, if not all, webbased clients. You can set Word to create & edit email messages which makes it easier to format. I like outlook's reminders/calendar. You can easily backup your email. etc etc.