Here comes Windows Live Mail!

Windows Live Mail is the latest email client from Microsoft. It is intended to replace Outlook Express and Windows Mail (the e-mail client that came with Vista). All window users can download the program from Live.com or use the version that comes with Windows 7. It has more features and has better security than its predecessors.

The first version was released in November of 2007. It’s part of a larger suite called “Live”. Windows Live is a set of services and software from Microsoft. Most of the tools are web based (accessible through a browser, however there are some that require local installations. Some examples of web based are: calendar service, online photo gallery, online contacts list, online file storage (called skydrive). Some examples of software requiring installation are: Windows Live TV, Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Messenger.

OK, back to Windows Live Mail.

Live Mails’ foundation is Outlook Express although the interface and features are superior. The first big change is the interface. It is more flexible and allows the user to configure it to his liking. You can now setup multiple email accounts including gmail, hotmail and yahoo accounts. So, you can collect all your emails in one location. And, each account will get its own set of default folders (inbox, drafts, sent items, junk e-mails and deleted items).

Another cool feature is when you send photos over e-mail. The recipient will receive a thumbnail first. You also have control on how the thumbnail will look such as: size, frames, borders and text. The thumbnail is sent to the recipient and the larger picture is stored at a private web location. The picture will be downloaded when the recipient clicks on thumbnail. Thus, there inbox is not clogged up waiting for a large picture to be downloaded. Cool…

The search tools are faster and better, RSS feeds can now be brought into your mailbox and blogging is directly accessible to your Windows Live Space location.

So go ahead, start using Windows Live Mail. Of course I prefer the full Outlook version, but most home users will find everything they need in Windows Live mail.

Migrating from Outlook Express into Windows Live Mail is straight forward. If you have a new computer running Windows Live Mail, then you will need to copy the dbx files over from the old computer. Open Windows Live Mail and import the data. I won’t go into each step here, there are numerous instructions on the web for this. Do a google search…

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