Windows Live Mail(WLM) does not require a sign on to send/receive email and news messages.
All sent and received mail is stored locally, like OE and Outlook and other email clients.
I.e WLM does let one do the same.
Any email address can be a Live ID. Only Hotmail type accounts(Hotmail.com, Live.com, and Msn.com) have a Windows Live Hotmail
To elaborate further and clarify on Michael W. response..
If you downloaded while using a Windows Live ID, then messages are stored in
a location based on that ID. If you downloaded while not using an ID then
messages are stored in a default location not associated with any Windows
If you downloaded(in WLM) while using a Hotmail type account Windows Live ID setup as http in WLM, then messages are stored in that
Live ID's web UI(mail.live.com) and locally in a location for that Live ID in WLM.
If you downloaded while using a third party email address registered as a Live ID or a Hotmail type account setup as Pop3, or any
other email account setup as Pop3.... then messages are stored locally by that account in WLM and may be stored on the respective
account's web server(provided 'Leave Message on server was enabled).
"Jack" <jack@newsgroup> wrote in message news:#d9OUspfKHA.1112@newsgroup
> I understand that Windows Live Mail saves mail on the user's computer. In Outlook, OE and other mail clients once mail has been
> downloaded to ones computer one doesn't need to sign in just to view that mail. Why doesn't Windows Live let us do the same?
> Does WLM communicate with Microsoft servers to enable signing into WLM?
> Thank you!