I downloaded Windows Live Mail 2009 (build 14.0.8050.1202) to see if the
problems in using the program on 800 x 600 screens in still there. Although
there have been some minor improvements in use of space in the program, it
is still terrible on smaller screen sizes typical of netbooks. I updated my
assessment at www.segal.org/tablet/live/
to reflect the new version.
The main problem is the separation of mail into different accounts is done
in a way that doesn't work on small screens. This is very fixable - indeed
Microsoft did a great job on the usability of its previous email programs.
But Microsoft seems not to have focused on the usability of Windows Live
Mail on small screens.
This is unfortunate since mobile computers such as netbooks seem to be one
of the major trends in computers and unless this is fixed before Windows 7
ships Microsoft will be left without a workable offering in one of the most
commonly used categories of software.