Windows Live Mail is the brand new PC e-mail client from Microsoft, designed entirely with the Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail e-mail service in mind. Window Live Mail can be seen as a replacement for the previous free e-mail application that used to come with Windows, Outlook Express.
Windows Live Mail makes using the new Live Hotmail system a much easier experience, although Microsoft has gone to great lengths to design a web interface that closely mimics what users would expect from a desktop e-mail client there are still a large number of users who prefer the reponsiveness that a desktop application gives. One problem does exist though, it appears as though Microsoft have once again shunned the accepted protocols for mail management and instead gone down the custom route again, as they did with WebDAV and the original Hotmail. The advantage of this being that with the close integration of the 2 products (Windows Live Mail / Windows Live Hotmail) you mail should always by synchronised. The downside of this being that if you don't like Windows Live Mail, or use a Mac or Linux machine then you're going to be stuck with the Windows Live Hotmail web interface.
You can download the Windows Live Mail Beta Here
Windows Live Hotmail is the new web-based e-mail service by Microsoft. A beta version was released on November 1, 2005 alongside the release of Windows Live. Formerly code-named Kahuna, Live Hotmail is to replace Hotmail once it is complete. It features two gigabytes of storage space, automatic spell checking, custom filters and a range of safety features.
Microsofts Live HotMail can be seen as a direct response to what most would see as the next generation of webmail systems kickstarted when Google introduced GMail. The amount of email storage given to users has sky rocketed with storage now being counted in terms of gigaytes and no longer megabytes. It is now common for all mail to be kept on the server side allowing users to access their e-mail anywhere in the world (as long as they have a compatible brwoser of course), large attachments can now be sent using these services.
As mentioned previously Windows Live Hotmail is Microsofts attempt to re-affirm itself at the top of the webmail provider platform, Yahoo Mail has also increased what it offers in terms of interface and storage and there is always GMail. With these three major players all trying to outdo each other it can only be good news for all users.
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