If you're looking for an alternative to Microsoft Outlook then you need to check out Mozilla Thunderbird 16.0.2. This free software will work on any Windows system, from 2000 to 7, and it's pretty much just email software that you can use right from your desktop.
The software installs pretty quickly and then you can walk through the process of getting everything set up. You have the option of setting up a new email if you like, but you can also use an email that you already have as well. And, unless you want to pay to use your email, I'd recommend you use an email that you already have, because added a new email through this software seems to have a price tag on it.
And it's really easy to get it set up, just make sure you pick the right configuration or it might say that your password is wrong. There are only two configuration choices, so don't worry too much about that. But in all honesty, I never really understood the advantage to using software like this, whenever you can just view your email online.
I mean, if you hate the interface of your email service, then I could understand why you'd want to use software like this. The Thunderbird interface is pretty nice, and with some of my business email inboxes I'd rather use Thunderbird for them, because this interface is definitely an upgrade. But for my Hotmail, Yahoo email or Gmail, I think I'd be quite fine with avoiding extra software like this.
I will admit that it is nice how you can open different folders in tabs, and there are three different layout views, but I don't really think I would use something like this myself. But if you're not happy with the interface you're given to use with your email online, then it might be worth taking Thunderbird for a spin.