algrinch wrote:I tried the same experiment with Outllook (full version) and it worked fine. It sent and received the message to myself.
What ISP is your sister using, and what ISP did you use for your test with the full version of Outlook?
In the past I have always been able to send to myself and receive those same messages when using any version of Outlook Express. However, that was with traditional ISPs and not web-based email providers like GMail.
Just to test what was going on, I tried it again today to and from a Comcast account and to and from a GMail account. The Comcast account worked fine with Outlook Express 6, receiving the message I sent to myself. The GMail account, as you described, did not.
I turned on logging for Outlook Express to get a closer look, and this is what I saw for Outlook Express' conversation with GMail:
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POP3: 11:59:49 [tx] USER firstname.lastname@example.org
POP3: 11:59:49 [rx] +OK send PASS
POP3: 11:59:49 [tx] PASS ******
POP3: 11:59:49 [rx] +OK Welcome.
POP3: 11:59:49 [tx] STAT
POP3: 11:59:50 [rx] +OK 0 0
POP3: 11:59:50 [tx] QUIT
POP3: 11:59:50 [rx] +OK Farewell.
The STAT command is the standard POP command to check for messages. As you can see, when Outlook Express sent it, GMail responded by saying there were zero messages with zero total bytes (+OK 0 0). After being told there are no messages, Outlook Express quit. I don't think you can blame Outlook Express for this. What else can it do if it is told that there are no messages on the server?
I also tested Thunderbird against GMail, and it exhibited the same behavior - it could not retrieve email sent by the GMail account to the GMail account.
Based on what I have seen this appears to be a problem with GMail, not Outlook Express. The only evidence otherwise is your report that it did work when using the full version of Outlook. I am hoping, however, that you will report that you tested the full version of Outlook against a provider other than GMail.
As for work-arounds, MediumRare suggested a good one. Another one is to open "Tools" -> "Options..." -> "Send" and uncheck "Send messages immediately". When you do this, anytime you hit the "Send" button for a message, it will go the outbox but not be sent to the remote server. You can then open the message from the outbox to see what it looks like, make any changes you need, then hit "Send" again to put it back in the outbox. When you are finally ready to really send it to the remote server, hit "Send/Recv" button in the top toolbar (or select "Tools"->"Send and Receive" -> "Send and Recieve All" or press Ctrl-M). I used to do this all the time when I had a dial-up account so that I could compose messages off-line.