Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Mail is a piece of email software that is completely free. It was originally developed by Microsoft as part of their Windows Essentials 2012 software series. The client was meant to act as a free middle ground between the powerhouse email client from Microsoft (Outlook) and the standard Mail app that was released with newer versions of Windows after 2012. If you are familiar with the history of Windows software, you'll notice that Windows Live Mail has an exceptionally similar style to that of other pieces of Windows software from the same period of time. The software is ideal for both small business and home utility, and it has an integrated calendar and a brilliant conversation view for your email chains.
- Email Client
- Classic and Powerful Email Tool
- Lacks Continued Microsoft Support
Since Windows Live Mail was based off the Office 2010 framework, it features the same Ribbon UI that many people disliked greatly when it was first released. The Ribbon works as a series of primary tabs that are unfurled from the primary app icon in the top corner. Each tab contains a vast array of functionality, which makes it easier to find what you need without hunting through hundreds of menus. Viewing an email is an excellent example of the general functionality of the software. You can switch between different email accounts via the Ribbon interface, but you can access all the email-related functions directly from the Home tab. This prevents the need to switch back and forth between various tabs unless you want to do something more comprehensive with the email, like change the font size. You'll also notice that the email viewing window of the software is the largest portion by far, but there is also a small calendar and some personalized options for your specific account. You can easily manage multiple email accounts through the same software platform, and you can use the calendar portion of the app to save important reminders for upcoming events. You can even set the software to offer legitimate reminders in the form of notifications. The only real downside to this software is that it is no longer supported by Microsoft, meaning they have stopped issuing updates for the software. They stopped supporting the entire Windows Essentials suite in 2017, which they refer to as the end of life for the software. Of course, users can still take advantage of the software, but they simply won't have to worry about updates. That also means that if there are any issues with the software, Microsoft will not help. Their goal is to distribute their newest Mail client instead. If you want to use Windows Live Mail on your new Windows PC, there may be some issues. First, you can only use a Microsoft email account, like Live or Hotmail, if you have installed the newest update for the software. Unfortunately, the update also makes the client much more unstable. Many users claim the best way to continue using Windows Live Mail is by only using it with an email service that isn't related to Microsoft, like Yahoo or Gmail.
I have really enjoyed using Windows Live Mail which I have used since getting Windows 7. I was using outlook Express when I had Windows XP. At first I had trouble using Windows Live Mail because I didn't understand how the menus were set up. After learning how to use Windows Live Mail I thought it was the greatest and very easy to use as a blind person. I'm very sorry to see Windows Live Mail go.