Two points, one for now, one for the future.
You should be able to import your contacts from the Outlook file. In Outlook Express, go to the <File> drop down mnue and work thought the <Import> facility.
One of the problems with this software is the unhelpful way it saves e-mails. Its virtually impossible to save so another location and all copies get updated at the same time. One very useful shareware tool I have used with great success is click here. Its weel worth the cost.