This is interesting:
In the coming weeks, Microsoft will also ship a new public beta version of Windows Live Mail
(Figure), which will work natively with Windows Live Hotmail. I've been using a beta version of
this Outlook Express/Windows Mail derivative for some time now, and I'll be reviewing the
product separately once the public beta is available. Here's what's going on with this
interesting and free new email client. To date, Microsoft has painted a very complicated story
with its free consumer-oriented email clients. There's Outlook Express in XP, Windows Mail in
Vista, and now the new Windows Live Mail, which replaces the other two products and will be the
only one of the three actively developed going forward.
"This is the new client," Richardson told me, "and it's an evolution and superset of all the
clients that came before. We're cleaning up the consumer client story. Windows Live Mail is the
marriage of Windows Live services and the desktop, and it's the only client we're going to
invest in going forward."
Bye, bye Windows Mail. Hello, Windows Live Mail,
and there will be no ads like in WLMD. Bravo!
Not only that, they will soon be releasing a new Outlook Connector that
will allow Outlook users to get their Hotmail for free once again. Bravo!
So, Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Hotmail are where all the
developers have been. It's good to know they were doing something
constructive, cause it certainly wasn't spent on Windows Mail. I hope
Windows Live Mail is an excellent product, I might switch back to it from
Thunderbird. Even though I only used WM for newsgroups, it was just awful.
I use Outlook for email.
Maybe for all those folks who liked "identities" in Outlook Express they'll
have that in the new Windows Live Mail. You never know. Microsoft surprised
me with this. I just gave them a hard time (again) in a post the other day about
ads in WLMD and not being able to get your Hotmail for free with their own
email clients.... they must have been reading my posts. ;-)
Here's the press release: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/p...lLaunchPR.mspx