Windows live mail is a desktop email client that runs on Microsoft Windows XP,Vista,windows 7,windows 8,and Windows 10.
You can use it to manage e‑mail , calendars, contacts and RSS feeds.
It comes as part of the windows live essentials package and there are several versions.
Since the first release in 2007 there have been a total of 5 versions.
Note: You cannot install outlook express on Windows Vista or Windows 7
Windows Mail vs Windows Live Mail
Windows Vista included the windows mail email program as a replacement to outlook express.
Windows live mail effectively replaces both outlook express and windows mail.
Windows Mail on Windows 10 vs Windows Live Mail
Windows 10 comes with a new email client (App) called Mail.
It is the same App that comes on windows mobile but on windows mobile it is called Outlook Mail.
If you upgrade from a machine that already has Windows live mail installed then the upgrade preserves you old emails and settings.
It doesn’t import them into Mail.
If you have a fresh install of windows 10 then you will only have the Mail App installed by default, but you can install Windows Live mail on windows 10. See this article.
Windows Live Mail Overview
Using Windows live mail instead of the web based client to access Yahoo mail, Gmail and Hotmail has the advantage of:
- Not being bothered by ads
- Much Faster
- Can easily access multiple email accounts through a single interface
- Only one interface to learn.
Windows live mail supports secure email access using SSL and TLS, providing your email provider supports these access types.
It also supports access to a calendar both offline and online and RSS feeds.
Q- Can I use Windows live mail as well as the Windows mail that comes with Windows 10 or with outlook?
A- Yes you can. You can use multiple email clients on the same PC. It is a good way of keeping business and personal accounts separate.
Q- I’ve heard that windows live mail will not work with Outlook.com is that true.
A- My understanding is that the new API for outlook.com and Hotmail isn’t compatible with the latest version of WLM, and Microsoft will not be updating Windows live Mail in the future.
Windows Live mail normally uses HTTP to access outlook.com and Hotmail email.This means that as Microsoft switches to using the new API it will stop working.
However you can still access Outlook.com and Hotmail using IMAP4.
So you can setup a new account using IMAP4 and delete the old account that used HTTP. See this article for more details.
Window Live Mail (WLM) Tutorials
Windows Live Mail Settings – An overview of the main Settingss and configuration options.
Connect Windows Live Mail to Yahoo Mail– Learn how to use Windows Live Mail to access your Yahoo email using POP3 and IMAP4 protocols.
Access Your Gmail Account using Windows Live Mail -Learn how to use Windows Live Mail to access your Gmail account using IMAP4.
Send Email Using Windows Live Mail – Beginners guide including video on how to Send Email.
Set Up Windows Live Mail To Access Hotmail or Outlook.com – Access your Hotmail or Outlook.com account using the same protocols as a web browser i.e. http, and is very easy to set up.
Adding Email Signatures to Windows Live Mail– How to create plain text or HTML signatures for logos images and even social share icons and add them to your email.
Adding Picture Attachments to Windows Live Mail – Because of the way Windows live mail integrates with Onedrive adding a picture attachment to an email l isn’t as simple as it first appears.
Moving Windows Live Mail to a New computer – If you are upgrading computers you can easily take you email with you.
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