Does Windows Live Mail program that came preinstalled on my computer have the ability to send email to a group instead of individually. If so, how do I set it up?
There are many ways to send email to a group of people from the Windows Live Mail program. The not-so-easy method involves adding addresses one by one in the Cc or Bcc columns each time you compose a new message; this is detailed in how to send email to multiple recipients.
However, the more elegant approach is to create a group in the Windows Contacts which requires you to invest a fair bit of time populating and organising the Contacts data. But you need to do this only once. Those who already have most, or all, of their contacts information in Windows Contacts are more than half-way through!
I assume the Windows Contacts application on your computer already has contact information of friends, family, colleagues etc. This is one big lump of disorganised data. What we need to do is to create collections – bunches of contacts based on a specified criterion. This will enable us to send email to a group without having to enter individual addresses. Let us see how to do this in Windows Live Mail.
You can have as many groups as you want in Windows Contacts and, yes, the same individual can be a member of multiple groups. Thus, someone who sits in the next cabin in your office can belong to both “Colleagues” and “Friends” groups.
On 16th November 2010, Jerry wrote: “Sending to group on Live Mail (Windows 7) does not work for more than 20 individual addresses“.
I don’t think that’s true but may be wrong. As long as it’s a reasonable figure, I think the number of people you can send a group email at one time depends on the service. For instance, a new Hotmail subscriber can only send a message to 10 people; read Hotmail email limit for more.
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