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Windows Live Mail

Saturday, November 05, 2005


By now you've likely heard about Windows Live Mail and the suite of Windows Live products. (Read the post below if you haven't).

As a customer, the question I likely have is "Why should I care?"

1. Integration

All the products in Windows Live work similarly and connect together well. Once you learn one you know how to use the other and your information is available in all of them.

If you use Microsoft Office, it’s the same idea – once you learn Microsoft Word it is very easy to use Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Excel. The same tools are available in all of them and you can move data between them very easily.

Windows Live now enables the same for web services.

2. Speed

I hate waiting for pages to load on the web and I’m sure you do too. All of Windows Live products are built for speed. They use a technology codenamed Atlas to provide you a much faster experience so you don’t have to wait. You can do what you have to do in less time.

The Windows Live web services behave very much like desktop clients so they have the same richness and speed.

3. Focused around people

Your life is focused around the people in your life. Why is it so hard to find the email of someone to send mail to? Why does it take so many steps to allow/block someone to send you mail or IM, to view your calendar, to read or comment on your blog, to see your pictures etc.

Windows Live is designed around people and makes this easy.

Windows Live Mail (codename Kahuna), is one of the first products in the Windows Live suite of products. It is refreshingly different from any other web mail product because:

1. Kahuna is built from the ground up with the idea that our users can design software better than Product Managers or Developers. Read more.

2. Email must be safer - The days of every email being treated the same are over

Windows Live Mail (WLM) has three core benefits over what you are using today:

1. Faster

WLM feels just as fast as Outlook Express or another desktop mail client.

Reading pane allows you to read your message without leaving your inbox.

Download an attachment with one click without leaving your inbox.

Upload attachments in the background while you continue typing your message.

Add a sender from an email to your contact list with one click.

WLM handles huge pictures from digital cameras without slowing down using our automatic thumbnail generation.

2. Simpler

A clean, uncluttered look with only the functions you use all the time.

Use Autocomplete to fill in email address without remembering them.

Forward and reply messages in full rich fidelity.

A copy of every message you send is saved in your Sent Items folder.

Move mails to a folder by using drag & drop.

A better search experience that allows you to read the messages returned by search without leaving your inbox.

Express yourself in full rich text including emoticons.

Checks your spelling as you type, highlights words that you mispelled and allows you to choose from spelling suggestions. (Available to the public very soon)

3. Safer

WLM automatically determines the safety of each message and blocks certain features that can harm you.

WLM detects Phishing mails (fraudulent mails asking for personal information) and blocks them.

WLM uses new patent-pending technology to cut down the spam (junk) messages you get.

WLM can automatically unsubscribe you from newsletters you’d subscribed to once but don’t want anymore.

You can choose who you want to get mails from and who you don’t by clicking a button when you’re reading a mail. WLM learns and allows/blocks that sender in the future.

Read More>>

I'm a much bigger fan of www.google.com/ig which I use for my homepage to keep up to date on all the sites I normally visit via RSS feeds, including this one!    

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