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Windows Live Mail offers ‘photo email’ – What draws people to prefer email apps to web-based mail

Piero Sierra has made a post that gives an insight over web-based e-mail and desktop mail clients, “We’ve been working hard on Hotmail improvements, we also continue to invest heavily in client email program Windows Live Mail, part of Windows Live Essentials suite of products. Live Mail was formerly known as Windows Mail, and more formerly as Outlook Express, is a very capable email app that can connect to most web-based email accounts including Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL, Outlook Web Access and many others,” writes Piero. So, what draws all those people to prefer Microsoft Office Outlook and Windows Live Mail apps to web-based mail?

  • Reading & composing offline is a fairly common activity for laptop & mobile users. Outlook and Live Mail allow you to read, compose, and manage mail and calendar locally, and then sync everything back up next time you reconnect.
  • With e-mail app you get a dedicated window for your email that isn’t sharing a frame with your browser.
  • Email apps still have an edge when composing long email messages. If you use Live Mail, you get used to simple things like rich formatting options, auto-saved drafts, on-the-fly spell checking, and ability to paste images into a message, inline with your text.
  • Live Mail offers photo email – instead of attaching large photos directly to your message, you can instead compose a photo email, which automatically uploads your photos to SkyDrive, and attaches smaller thumbnail images to your message.
  • Windows Live Mail helps you connect to all your email accounts and manage them in one place.


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