Yes, there is an alternative to the popular Outlook Express – Microsoft hasn’t left its users in the lurch. This new program is called Windows Live Mail; it’s actually not new since I have been using it for over an a year now (on Windows Vista). By the way, I bought a new VAIO laptop with Windows 7 and it came with this email client. If yours didn’t, download Windows Live Mail for free from the Microsoft web site.
Wondering whether you can use email on both the Windows 7 laptop and the XP desktop? Of course you can and without any problems. You do, however, need to take a little care. Here are some suggestions:
Windows Live Mail takes a little getting used to. Though the functionality is similar to Outlook Express – after all, for the layman, there wouldn’t be any perceptible changes in email sending and receiving process – email organization is markedly different. Each email account now gets its own set of five default folders; Inbox, Drafts, Sent items, Junk e-mail and Deleted items. The ‘new’ Junk e-mail folder which wasn’t present in Outlook Express collects all the spam and phishing messages identified by the Windows Live Mail automated junk email filter. Finally, Windows Live Mail email client can also serve as an RSS reader and a blogging tool.
Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of the email system, did not invent the @ sign. It had been in existence for hundreds of years. He just used it in an email address and made it popular once again. [more...]