Comparing Windows Live Mail to Outlook Express
Now that Windows Live Mail has replaced Outlook Express as the default
email program on Windows-based computers, I've been receiving lots of
questions about their differences. One advantage to Windows Live Mail is having ended the
confusion between Outlook and Outlook Express, two programs with similar
names but different functions.
Windows Live Mail, like Outlook Express, is a program that stores incoming email on a user's computer,
whereas most other email services, such as Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Juno Mail,
AIM/AOL Mail, and Hotmail are Web-based programs that store your messages
on their servers. The advantage of Web-based email is that it can be
accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. The advantage to
having messages stored on your own PC, as with OE and WLM, is that they can
be more easily manipulated, in terms of editing and moving or copying them
into special Desktop folders that you might create for them.
A significant addition to Windows Live Mail, not found in OE, is a Junk Email Folder that
has numerous options for filtering out unwanted email. Open the Junk folder
to see: "Click here to change your email safety options."
If you are a user of Hotmail, a helpful new feature is a list of all your
Hotmail folders and messages, which are still stored on Microsoft's servers but
accessible from within Windows Live Mail.
If you have thought about creating one or more Web-based email accounts,
here are some things you might consider — Gmail and AIM/AOL Mail give you
the option of storing your passwords so you never have to type them in. This
is an advantage to some, like myself, whose computers are never accessible
by other people. Hotmail and Yahoo Mail will also let you store a
password — but with limitations, which mean you still have to type it in
Personally, I prefer Google's Gmail, which has a unique way of grouping messages to
and from a particular correspondent together as a group. Gmail also gives
users more online storage than any of its competitors. In fact, I have seven
different Gmail accounts, which means I have more storage space than I could
hope to use in a lifetime.
I also use Google's online storage of personal information that I might be
asked for when signing up with a site like MySpace or Facebook or buying
something from Amazon. No, not sensitive data such as bank account numbers
or my SS number — just routine name, address, and phone numbers, etc.
Other Gmail features I like include the ability to automatically forward
messages to my Windows Live Mail and/or Outlook Express accounts. I also
like Gmail's feature under Vacation Settings wherein I can type in an
auto-response message. Both of the above are listed under Settings.
One thing everyone needs nowadays is a "throw-away" email address when
signing up somewhere you suspect that spam might be subsequently
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