My take on it is that they are about 80% the same program.
If you look at the Tools, Options, you'll see that the dialogs are very
similar. A few items have been moved around, and the verbiage is a
little bit different.
Although the user interface is a bit different, I'd say they are very
similar when comparing to other mail programs.
WLM even retains an number of internal OE quirks. That includes
- the hiding of WINMAIL.DAT attachments
- using the OPEN rather than default file association for attachments
- how it handles attachments regarding file extensions and MIME content
- using the default mail program for e-mail replies in newsgroups rather
and other things.
If someone had given me a copy of WLM without telling the program's
name, I would have guessed it was OE7. Or maybe OE8, with Vista Windows
Mail (WM) being OE7.
There certainly are some differences. Some new features, some lost.
I don't know how fare back you go with OE. But the differences between
OE4 and OE5 are on a par with the differences between OE6 and WLM. For
example, the DBX files were introduced with OE5. OE4 used the MBX/IDX
files that it inherited from the IE3 Internet Mail and News (IMN)
program. OE5 introduced Identities and WLM went back to the OE4 model.
The use of EML and NWS files goes back to IMN. Although for performance
reasons, IMN and OE aggregated them into MBX or DBX files for regular
use. But all these programs supported saving messages to the EML/NWS
format and reading them standalone.
Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm
"Urbane.Tiger" <viking.warrior@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Hi Michael - you wrote
> "Although WLM is based on OE, it's not the same program"
> In what sense is "WLM based on OE", other than its they are both email
> clients. Contrary to popular belief OE was not the first email
> I don't see much OE legacy - user interface is different (that's no
> bad thing, if you want an OE lookalike try TB), mail storage is
> different (thank goodness), contacts/nab are different (good - all
> contacts are stored in a common format irrespective of how they came
> to be, bad - some commonly used data in OE not in WLM)
> "Michael Santovec" <michael_santovec@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> See if this helps with your scrolling issue:
>> WLM Scrolling Stationery
>> As for Scrippy, the web site says you need a minimum Outlook Express
>> 5 or Outlook 2000. Although WLM is based on OE, it's not the same
>> program and plug-ins/add-ons for OE don't work with WLM. You might
>> ask the author to update his program.
>> Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm
>> "Petra2008" <PetraSchaefer2008@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> hello group,
>>> i have a question about the new mail program from microsoft.
>>> When i try to send a stationery, and try to get in the colored
>>> scrollbar, (was easy in Outlook Express) i do not get it.
>>> What can i do that the stationery goes with a colored scrollbar.
>>> Also i use sometimes the Scrippy programm, and i do not get the
>>> scrippy in windows live mail.
>>> Hope someone can help me,
>>> thanks a lot in advance,