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  • 1.0 stars

    "Biggest step backwards yet !!!! Worthless nightmare"

    March 17, 2014  |   By jimmythesnake

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    Not a single one

    Cons

    This is by far the worst step backwards for Microsoft yet. I cant believe they even put this out with so little functionality and so many bugs. To make it worse with windows seven and above you are stuck with it like it or not outlook express isnt compatible. Getting assistance from them to navigate it is impossible. I can not say any thing good about it and the list of negatives is too long to write.

    Summary

    Microsoft quit force feeding us crap we dont want and especially the crap that sets people back 3 steps instead of forward one.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A giant leap backward from Outlook Express"

    January 14, 2014  |   By wenoel

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    none none none none none

    Cons

    Clunky, slow and cluttered interface
    constant freezing and crashing
    lost all my contacts
    deletes folders and email
    doesn't save sent items
    possibly the worst program ever written

    Summary

    I've had nothing but trouble with this since it was installed a year ago. It's driven me crazy everyday because it won't open properly and closes, crashes or freezes multiple times day. I put up with it as long as I could and tried to work with it but now it won't even open at all. I QUIT! I HATE Windows Live Mail with the passion of 1000 burning suns! Microsoft MUST have known it was a complete lemon yet they still released it. There is NO help or support for it. Microsoft should close their doors if this is all they have to offer. It totally sucks!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Crappy Software"

    January 1, 2014  |   By kaycey

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    Free but this is nothing special as they are other free email clients around.

    Cons

    I think this program may have many serious bugs some of which are yet to be experienced by the user until he tries out all the functionality.

    See below of the few bugs and defects I have already found.

    Summary

    I gave this email program another chance after reinstalling my Windows 8 OS after the upgrade to 8.1 version caused my printer to fail amongst other problems. Here's my take:

    Previous Outlook Express emails when imported are dumped under a "Storage Folders" in the program in a messy way instead of being intelligently moved to the various accounts' folders. For some silly reason, those imported emails also cannot be dragged over to the new accounts' folders.

    However I am able drag an email to a folder under Storage Folders. Unfortunately when this is done that email completely disappears for good. I have 2 important emails vanished like that forever even after I tried re-importing the Storage Folders to see if they can be recovered.

    With a certain Windows update this program causes inserted image files - like jpg files - in your outgoing and sent emails to be unreadable with the warning that it is a security measure to hide it. This is ridiculous.

    The new icon-style menu items - that look nothing like the beautiful icons seen on iphone or ipad - at the top seems like a last minute attempt to cater to touch requirement rather than a carefully and intelligently thought-out design.

    For easier navigation, unfortunately there is also little option to change background color of the various panes and user folders.

    Upgrading from Outlook or Outlook Express to this program may complicate migration to another email program because its email, address and accounts files are not compatible with Outlook and hence currently un-importable to most other email programs.

    Microsoft should not have released this email program when it is so buggy because it just tarnishes the reputation of a company known for very strong programming skills -- the end-results of which are all encapsulated within its OS that caters to so many types of usage.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the ONLY free solution for desktop and phone"

    November 22, 2013  |   By kakamomy

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    A software client solution for desktop/phone sync for of your online/offline email pop-imap + online/offline calendar + online/offline contacts !!!!! Last version work perfect!!!

    Cons

    No one.. if you have bug you made a mistake. I did not find any since the last update

    Summary

    DO YOU realise you can, for free, you have a email pop/imap client +contact+calendar for your desktop to your phone... OFFLINE/ONLINE??? this is the only software that work OFFLINE and with 10 pop/imap accounts + offline contacts + offline calendar (when you need a urgent contact or email or calendar event and your net is down, or you are on the road.. google account is useless!!! because google dont have offline product! and you cannot pop/imap 10 accounts...anyway) And now on the phone... your right: built in email pop/imap client +google contacts+ google calendar work offline...as email pop/imap client + outlook contacts+ outlook calendar TOO! (thanks god, I do not always have 3g or wifi) BUT... when you going to be on the road, or on a internet down, with microsof, you will be able to SEE AND COMPOSE (waiting to send) on big screen and with big keyboard your email... as your calendar and contact to call etc... That THE only cross platform solution for desktop/phone online/offline... and it's free... Take that Apple, Google, Tunderbird... and name it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really excellent for normal one user purposes"

    July 11, 2013  |   By theultrageoff

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    Great interface
    Lets you block emails from sources not in your Contacts list.. NIRVANA on Earth!!! No junk!! At all!! Ever!!!
    Does everything you need and a bit more
    Fast to boot up
    Doesn't break every two weeks, so very unlike the open source alternatives
    Looks very modern, without Windows 8 failings
    Handles multiple accounts e.g. Gmail, Outlook.com, private, work...

    Cons

    Reminders are better than Outlook, but not as good as reminders used to be (when they used to stay on screen and you'd notice them) circa 1998.

    Summary

    If you want to stop fretting about your email program and just use a really good one, get it now. I own Outlook 2007, used Thunderbird and Lightning, am delighted with WLM. Looks work, boots quick, does it all really well.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best email client there is available (v2012)"

    June 22, 2013  |   By wipa1

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    Intuitive, nice interface. Does what it promises, straight-forwarded, only one bug found. Nicer looking than Outlook and free. Integrates well in Windows. Easy to use.

    Cons

    When running a long time, it downloads the messages automatically from mail server, even when specified in settings to not to do it. (BUG)

    Summary

    Simply the best email client.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Bug with Gmail"

    April 9, 2013  |   By jgrahamiii

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    Seems to cover what I do. Very fast with Hotmail account. Interface works fine

    Cons

    When I installed on a new system and linked it to an existing GMail IMAP enabled account with 5GB of mail in it, it had problems downloading all the mail. No problem with equal sized Hotmail account, but the GMail account would start to download the old mail and then after between 0 and 200 messages, it would just keep trying to download without any error or any new messages coming in, even if left overnight. I'd have to cancel downloading mail and start again., getting the next few. Stopping this was only way to upload messages or get hotmail, which loaded second.

    After a couple of weeks of this, had all mail, but still have times when I get a dialog that it is "Updating Account" and nothing will happen unless I cancel this box. Very frustrating.

    Also, because there is no setting to choose whether to save sent messages by account, you either get no saved messages with Hotmail or two with Gmail. This should have been fixed by this version.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Two major bugs, one is crippling"

    March 10, 2013  |   By gjyaffe

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    You get (most of) the mail features from Outlook Express and (most of) the calendar features from Outlook - but there are gaps and bugs

    Cons

    Bug #1 (deadly): when auto-forwarding mail to other (in Message Rules), the forwarded mail doesn't identify the original sender's name or email address. This is and outrageous omission, which forces the user to forward mail manually when it's necessary to pass on this information.
    Bug #2 (irritating, but there is a workaround): Group email addresses (WLM calls these "Category Contacts") don't work when sending mail. You can insert these anywhere into your address lists (To, CC, or BCC), BUT (a) they don't work and (b) they don't say they don't work. The workaround is to go to Contacts, Edit your Category list, grab the whole range of individual addresses; then paste these into the desired address list area of your (new or whatever) email. This has the sole advantage of letting you select a subset of your Category Contact set, but overall is tedious and annoying.
    Bug #3 (the Calendar doesn't let me set reminders. The functionality appears present in the ribbon control, but is disabled.

    Summary

    So, this is an 80-90% implementation of functionality Microsoft has offered in other products fro many years. There is no excuse for its lameness.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Display small & cluttered, hard to modify any features"

    February 16, 2013  |   By doinaheckuvajob

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    Downloaded years of all my many emails I had in Outlook Express & Contacts fairly completely and fairly quickly. My contacts had 2 folders in Outlook, in LiveMail it put them all into one folder, but fortunately preserved the order so that the contents of each folder weren't mixed, one was after the other. Not great, but reasonable.

    Cons

    Awful display layout. There only 2 real layout display settings (they make it look like more, but the display is only 2). One of the 2 layouts makes it so that the headline of each email is so light it's hard to read, so I had to make a rule for all emails to come in bolded. One of the layouts gives you only 10 messages to view at a time, so few it feels overwhelming to sort through daily email, the other one gives you 24, but either way it looks cluttered and hard to read and sort through. There's one flag and one watching conversation option to mark emails, but no tags. So unlike Thunderbird, you can only have 2 colors to identify email types or those to keep track of. I tried to change this using a number of rules, but the rules never worked. At that point I found it pointless to spend more time trying to figure out how to make this work: It's not user friendly and you can't control the appearance & function without a lot of effort.
    Daily startup is slow, as others have said.

    Summary

    If you want a simple Desktop email program and don't care much about modifying it, and are fine with this one being far more basic than others, this seems to work fine. But it does seem far behind other email options.
    If you like the layout and don't need to modify it, and don't need colored tags or labels, you can like it. I don't like it at all.

    Updated on Feb 16, 2013

    Forgot to mention when composing an email, there is good thing and one bad. The interface for using photos in an email is terrific, the best I've seen, you can crop and modify any of your photos nicely. What's bad are the stationary design templates, very ugly designs, however you can create your own. Since I don't like the layouts nor the unuser friendliness of the program, I'm seeking a different email desktop provider.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The older version is better. Thank you Jesus Christ."

    January 19, 2013  |   By fujitsulover

    Version: Windows Live Mail 16.4.3505

    Pros

    Microsoft Windows Mail is simpler and less buggy than Microsoft Windows Live Mail 2011.

    Cons

    Jesus Christ! Good attempt to pack with features, however, too many sluggishness because of the complicated features.

    Summary

    Microsoft updated Windows Mail to Windows Live Mail 2011. Thanks to Jesus Christ, I still have the old version........ If you get the chance, I would say thank you to Microsoft either way because it is free. They work hard and if it is buggy because it is full featured then they tried to do something for you! Anyways, I am just providing feedback like everyone else. This new version is lagging a bit at times. However, I appreciate the effort and it is noticeable that Microsoft made the newer version full featured!! I am lucky that the old version still works

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