The blog post entitled Our Beta is public! from the Windows Live Mail Desktop team announces that everyone can now get access to the Windows Live Mail Desktop beta. Think of it as the Windows Live version of Outlook Express. Some of the key features are described in the blog post and excerpted below

  • Junk and phishing protection
  • Support for RSS feeds
  • Photo email (share & publish your photos as slideshows to the internet!)
  • Blog it!
  • 3 pane view of email
  • Integration with Windows Live Messenger
  • Active Search
  • Multiple account aggregation
  • Instant Search
  • Free client access to your hotmail account
  • Lots more and with even more to come! 

More details on the various features can be found in blog posts such as Better Together with Active Search, A picture is worth a thousand words and Where did we come from? Where are we going?. I've worked with this team on a a few of their features and it's great to see that folks can now check try out the fruits of our labor.  

Sign up for the beta and let the team know what you think.


Thursday, July 27, 2006 8:33:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Nicely done.

It's so patently obvious to me that many functions such as mail and feed reading benefit from client software. And web access is a necessary complement for when you're not at your PC. And that IMAP and MS's version of IMAP are superior to POP. And that synching in the feed world has a *long* way to go (they should just copy IMAP, or just use IMAP!).
Thursday, July 27, 2006 11:24:39 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Now having used it a bit, I'm struck by how it feels much more like Hotmail/LiveMail than Outlook, which is a very bad thing. Not just the aesthetics but the slowness of everything. Is it pulling messages from my hard drive or from the server?
Friday, July 28, 2006 12:24:13 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I thought I might try this out. Read my blog to see how I got on!
Friday, July 28, 2006 5:52:09 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I've forwarded your feedback to the product team. Thanks for giving it a try.
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