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windows live mailHow important is your email account to you? For many of us, email is our lifeline, which makes picking a proper client to use all the more important. Some email clients The Best Free Email Clients for Windows 7 The Best Free Email Clients for Windows 7 Read More are better than others of course, but that’s all dependent on the features you’re looking for. For instance, some people prefer desktop clients over web applications, simply because you can still get to your emails in the event that your computer is offline.

Windows Live Mail 2011 is part of the Windows Live Essentials pack, which includes everything from Microsoft Silverlight What Is Microsoft Silverlight? [Geeks Weigh In] What Is Microsoft Silverlight? [Geeks Weigh In] Read More on down to Windows Live Messenger 5 Cool Tips & Tricks In Windows Live MSN Messenger 5 Cool Tips & Tricks In Windows Live MSN Messenger Read More . It helps you organize your mail, calendar, and contacts all in one place on your PC. In this article, I’m going to review the application and show you some of its newest features.

Summary

Microsoft’s latest release of Live Mail comes loaded with a lot of useful features. Since Hotmail is still one of the biggest email providers on the Internet (can you believe it? I couldn’t), the need to be able to access your email anywhere – even when offline – is very important to users.

Windows Live Mail 2011 gives you that ability. All the features you would normally have on Hotmail are present within the application, allowing you to view, manage, and send emails without having to re-learn anything.

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The overall layout is very similar to Microsoft Outlook 2010, except there are a few different options and customizations. A list of your emails and folders are on the far left, your viewed messages are in the middle, and a calendar with all your important dates is on the right.

Features Of Windows Live Mail 2011

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Windows Live Mail 2011 helps you organize your mail, calendar, and contacts all in one place on your PC. You can use it to check multiple email accounts, like Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo! Mail Plus, and even see all of your stuff (emails, calendars, contacts) when you don’t have an Internet connection.

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The app makes it easier to find what you’re looking for by allowing you to group conversations together. Upcoming events appear next to your inbox, and you can quickly add things to your calendar right from your inbox. Windows Live Mail also comes with a built-in search feature to help you find important messages by title, sender, or contents of a message.

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WLM 2011 has a ribbon interface, and by that I mean the top of it looks like Microsoft Office. The ribbon has a lot of options on it, probably more than you’ll even need. Basic functions like compose, forward, and move are all there, as well as options for layout, folder management and accounts.

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WLM 2011 syncs with your Windows Live ID account, so setup is very easy. It also includes a handy picture viewer right inside your emails. The picture viewer can actually be synced with SkyDrive How to Email Photos to Your Free 25GB Windows Live SkyDrive How to Email Photos to Your Free 25GB Windows Live SkyDrive Read More , which will allow you to send/receive up to 10GB (25MB per email) of high-quality photos. SkyDrive also interacts with attachments by launching a slideshow preview.

Lastly, the inbox supports threaded messages for better organization. This is available in a collapsible tree-view list that will work even if your email provider doesn’t support threaded emails. WLM 2011 will automatically merge all of your similar emails together for you.

Conclusion

If you missed it, you can download the email client here. It basically does everything Microsoft Outlook does, for free. Sure, it’s missing a few things that Outlook has, like tasks and a full-blown calendar, but it’s definitely worth the download. It’s a strange choice by Microsoft but perhaps this is the road they’re headed down with their mail client.

I’m curious to hear what you think about Windows Live Mail 2011. Will you be downloading and giving it a try?

  1. Donna Horwitz
    April 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I have been on Windows-live-mail 2011 since it came on board and it has been fine. All of a sudden, I am no longer able to look at my sent messages. This occurred after I sent a PDF document by e-mail. Any ideas how I can fix it?

  2. Vijay Kakkar
    December 19, 2015 at 2:03 am

    I use Windows Live Mail 2011 extensively. Recently I received a message from Microsoft that they will discontinue support for Windows Live Mail 2012 and asked users to Shift to the Mail App on Windows 10. What about support for Windows Live Mail 2011.

    I use Windows 7 Ultimate and am hesitant to shift to Windows 10 as am not sure whether it will support the many software that I use.

  3. TruthIsBias
    March 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I have tried it and I am done with it, windows live 2011 has been a complete mistake. From sending pictures and Fwd pics, and just emailing, I feel that big brother has his hands in this one. I have been using Microsoft since DOS and this is the 1st time I have ever said about this company,

    Good luck windows live 2011, Im going back to 2009

  4. TruthIsBias
    March 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I have tried it and I am done with it, windows live 2011 has been a complete mistake. From sending pictures and Fwd pics, and just emailing, I feel that big brother has his hands in this one. I have been using Microsoft since DOS and this is the 1st time I have ever said about this company,

    Good luck windows live 2011, Im going back to 2009

  5. Aibek
    March 7, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Hey Morning,

    I suggest posting this as a new question on MakeUseOf Answers,
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answe...

    I am sure someone will provide with a solution.

    Aibek

  6. Morning
    March 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    The "find" feature with regard to finding a specific message by either sender/subject/message or whatever seems to be useless - regardless of what I put in to search or the date range - I keep getting a resultof '0'. Does anyone have any advice as to how I can get this to work - I seem to have misfilled some messages and can't find them among the hundreds messages or folders I have. Any advice will be appreciated.

    • Aibek
      March 7, 2011 at 5:57 am

      Hey Morning,

      I suggest posting this as a new question on MakeUseOf Answers,
      http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/

      I am sure someone will provide with a solution.

      Aibek

  7. Jerincanada
    March 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Upgrading from the older version through the 2011 Beta to the final release has proved to be very buggy on my Vista machine. It may never recover as there seems no sure way to uninstall Windows Live and perform a clean reinstall.

  8. Mohana
    February 24, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I am facing problems downloading the entire file through the installer. The next thing that i did is, installed a older mail only version and tried to update.
    The earlier problem of junk mail filter update getting stuck was worked out but now the mail component is also not getting updated to the latest version.
    I have XP on my system..

  9. Cburris
    January 29, 2011 at 3:04 am

    ckb; Love the ribbon lay out. I cancelled WLM because it won't print the body of an e-mail. Spend for days on the phone with MS, no fix, They finally gave up.
    For example Amazon sent instructions to operate a Kindle, christmas present, could not print any of it. Microsoft couldn't fix it.

  10. Cburris
    January 29, 2011 at 4:04 am

    ckb; Love the ribbon lay out. I cancelled WLM because it won't print the body of an e-mail. Spend for days on the phone with MS, no fix, They finally gave up.
    For example Amazon sent instructions to operate a Kindle, christmas present, could not print any of it. Microsoft couldn't fix it.

  11. Afterbrunel
    January 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I can't find a simple way to mark quoted text in replies. Whgen I reply I like to quote the particular issue I am replying to, but I delete a lot of preamble [How are you getting on? It was good to see you last week, etc etc] and the stuff at the end of the sender's email [Warranted virus free, etc etc]. But if I just select the stuff I don't want and hit delete, I either lose everything, or at least lose all the formatting, including the verical line indicateing quoted text. Of course I could reply in plain (not html) text but then I certainly lose the vertical line.

    • Steve Campbell
      January 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      Hmmm I think I know what you're talking about, but I'm not sure of the workaround. Does anyone else know a simple way to quote text in a reply?

  12. Mike Busson
    January 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    WLM 2011 is great apart from one thing. The Junk filter seems to have forgotten it's sole purpose in life and, as a result, I now spend way too much time manually flagging spam.

    Actually, make that two things. Can't find a way to customise the ribbon. I don't want/need all of the options and those I do, I'd like to be able to rearrange.

    • Steve Campbell
      January 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      I was thinking about that too, Mike. I'm into minimalism/simplicity myself, which is why I'm a big fan of Gmail. :)

  13. Mike Busson
    January 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    WLM 2011 is great apart from one thing. The Junk filter seems to have forgotten it's sole purpose in life and, as a result, I now spend way too much time manually flagging spam.

    Actually, make that two things. Can't find a way to customise the ribbon. I don't want/need all of the options and those I do, I'd like to be able to rearrange.

  14. Olad
    January 20, 2011 at 6:49 am

    WLM is supposed to allow offline mail access for GMail, for instance. So I tried to get it to import my GMail. It imported the Inbox, but not Sent Mail

    • Steve Campbell
      January 24, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Hmmm that's interesting. I'm wondering if there is a way to import that as well.

  15. Steve Holmes
    January 19, 2011 at 12:21 am

    WLM 2011 lacks an important feature that WLM 2009 had (also in Outlook Express and Windows Mail too). The ability to view in the ‘Reading Pane’ (Preview Pane in OE and WM) email attachments without the need to click-on and open up another program to view the images (Windows Live Picture Gallery for a slide show of all images, or Windows Photo Viewer for single images).

    If you have an inbox full of messages with lots of attachments, to have to individually click on each image to view it larger than the postage stamp size image at the top of each message, it is so very cumbersome and time consuming. In WLM 2009 (OE and WM) attached images are visible at the end of each message, you just scroll through them to view, no need to open up a separate program to see the attachments. Do you know of a simple workaround this? And do you know why Microsoft removed this feature? (Their obvious answer is probably “For security reasons”).

    But this still does not make this version easy to use for viewing attachments in messages. I am used to seeing simple easy previews of attachments in the ‘Reading Pane’. I rolled back my WLM 2011 to WLM 2009. Most all of your explanations of ‘New Features’ (are actually available in 2009), just not in the ribbon look toolbar of 2011.

    Thanks for your review,
    Another Steve

    stevenholmes@sisna.com

    • Steve Campbell
      January 24, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Not sure about that Steve but I feel like there has to be a feature/setting somewhere that would enable you to change that. If I come across anything I'll be sure to let you know!

    • BobInJupiter
      March 21, 2011 at 2:23 am

      The image attachment shown as a thumbnail with option for slideshow is a nice addition when the send has attached a half dozen pictures. For a single image, not getting the full size included at the end of the message is a game changer for me. I have a security camera that sends an 'alarm' snapshot to my E-mail. In Windows Mail, it was a quick job to scan the 50 or more messages sent every day. Its too many steps in WLM. I was really liking the program - particularly the sync calendars - enter once and view on various computers, but I've got to find another solution for viewing those security camera pix.

  16. Steve Holmes
    January 19, 2011 at 1:21 am

    WLM 2011 lacks an important feature that WLM 2009 had (also in Outlook Express and Windows Mail too). The ability to view in the ‘Reading Pane’ (Preview Pane in OE and WM) email attachments without the need to click-on and open up another program to view the images (Windows Live Picture Gallery for a slide show of all images, or Windows Photo Viewer for single images).

    If you have an inbox full of messages with lots of attachments, to have to individually click on each image to view it larger than the postage stamp size image at the top of each message, it is so very cumbersome and time consuming. In WLM 2009 (OE and WM) attached images are visible at the end of each message, you just scroll through them to view, no need to open up a separate program to see the attachments. Do you know of a simple workaround this? And do you know why Microsoft removed this feature? (Their obvious answer is probably “For security reasons”).

    But this still does not make this version easy to use for viewing attachments in messages. I am used to seeing simple easy previews of attachments in the ‘Reading Pane’. I rolled back my WLM 2011 to WLM 2009. Most all of your explanations of ‘New Features’ (are actually available in 2009), just not in the ribbon look toolbar of 2011.

    Thanks for your review,
    Another Steve

    stevenholmes@sisna.com

  17. Samuel
    January 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Anybody know about language support?
    Does it support portuguese? If not, can a language dictionary be downloaded?

    • Steve Campbell
      January 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Microsoft is usually pretty good with language support, Samuel, so while I can't say with 100% certainty, I'm almost positive it will be able to support you. My thinking is that Portuguese is too common of a language for it not to.

  18. Samuel
    January 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Anybody know about language support?
    Does it support portuguese? If not, can a language dictionary be downloaded?

  19. Albert
    January 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

    been using WLM for a while now, and I must say it's the best email client I've ever used (IMHO). tried Thunderbird before, but didn't really like the interface. WLM does the job for me.

    • Steve Campbell
      January 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Glad to hear that, Albert. I was pretty impressed by it too.

  20. guest
    January 12, 2011 at 4:02 am

    yeah, comparing thunderbirds 3 and windows live mail 2011.

  21. Jamessweet
    January 12, 2011 at 3:15 am

    At one point I was able to view both the list of emails in my inbox and a opened email at the same time in the same window. That was why I kept hotmail as my main email. I don't know when they lost that feature but gmail should implement that. I'm about to check out Thunderbirds interface, hope they have it.

    • Steve Campbell
      January 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Hmm, sounds kind of like Outlook to me. Hope you find what you're looking for!

  22. Vineeth Reddy
    January 12, 2011 at 2:35 am

    One can get rid of a email client, if one uses Gmail.
    Just use the Offline feature. Works amazingly well !!

    • Steve Campbell
      January 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      I'm a Gmail user myself, Vineeth, love it! I was impressed at how well Gmail worked with WLM 2011 though, I must admit.

  23. Vineeth Reddy
    January 12, 2011 at 3:35 am

    One can get rid of a email client, if one uses Gmail.
    Just use the Offline feature. Works amazingly well !!

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