First of all, what is Windows Live Mail?
Windows Live Mail is a free, downloadable e-mail program that allows you to access e-mail from several e-mail accounts localizing them all in one place. When you install Windows Live Mail all existing accounts, settings, and e-mail messages are automatically imported into Windows Live Mail.
While the earlier version of Windows Live Mail was a complete email reader, the new version, Windows Live Mail Beta has added new dimensions to an already good e-mail reader. The older version’s interface was traditional whereas the new Beta version sports the popular and increasingly common Ribbon bar.
Below is a screen shot of the earlier version of Windows Live Mail.
This is the new look for Windows Live Mail Beta.
How do you get Windows Live Mail Beta?
To do this you need to access Windows Live Essentials Beta. This is their web address:
When you click the Download Now button, the File Download window opens. Here you can choose Run or Save.
- Choose Run.
- The file “wlsetup-webc.exe” downloads.
- The User Account Control intervenes. Click Yes.
- Next the Windows Live Beta window opens. In it there are nine offerings – Photo Gallery, Mail, Movie Maker, Messenger, Write, Family Safety, Bing, Messenger Companion and Sync.
- You will be asked to check the programs you want. Be aware the actual installation process takes an inordinate amount of time but the long wait is well worth it.
Note: The latter, Sync, has the potential to cause problems. For more on this problem check out Mike Halsey’s article Windows Live Sync Beta: the good, the bad and the bug. Mike has strong reservations about the value of this feature.
Note: Personally, I never bother with these programs – Messenger (I find this too intrusive), Writer, Messenger Companion, Family Safety (my kids have left home) and now Sync given Martin’s concerns.