Windows Live Mail


A venerable email client that’s stood the test of time

Windows Live Mail was last updated in 2012, having been superseded by the Mail app in Windows 8 and 10. However, despite Live Mail’s comparatively old-fashioned appearance, the two programs are largely the same.

Windows Live Mail delivers the three-pane layout that many email users, including us, prefer to more modern but more minimal designs. It supports RSS and cloud-based email as well as POP3, and makes it easy to send attachments and work with multiple accounts.
If you like Microsoft’s way of doing things but find ultra-streamlined Windows 10 apps too limiting, the classic Windows Live Mail remains a sensible choice.

Windows Live Mail is an email client that comes as part of the Windows Live Essentials. It helps the users to manage emails from multiple accounts under a single easy-to-use interface. It can support Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo! Mail simultaneously. Windows Live Mail’s usability options can be further increased by installing add-ons. An add-on can be stated as a software extension that provides extra benefits or extends certain features of an application. Add-ons come with different benefits depending on the type of add-on installed. For example, Windows Live Mail Attachment Extractor is an add-on for Windows Live Mail that helps the users to extracts pictures or attachments present in the emails to a hard drive directory. Other add-ons for Windows Live Mail are Windows Live Mail Backup, Windows Live Mail Desktop, etc.
The below points help the users to find and install add-ons and resolve issues regarding add-ons on Windows Live Mail:
Using Setup CDs and websites
System compatibility
Add-on errors
Using Setup CDs and Websites
Add-ons can be installed with the Windows Live Mail through several options. Out of which the two important methods are downloading from websites and installing from Setup CDs. Support websites providing licensed add-ons are available in the market. Users can easily approach these websites and download the add-ons of their choice. The second method of Setup CDs offer direct installation of the add-ons. The users need to purchase a copy of the Setup CD from the manufacturer in order to install the add-ons.
System Compatibility
Before installing an add-on the user should be aware of the system requirements of the add-on that is about to be installed. If the minimum system requirement required by the installed add-on doesn’t match the configuration of the PC, then the add-on will not perform properly or completely. In such cases, installing a different version of the same add-on that supports your system configuration will fix the issue.
Add-on Errors
Add-ons may sometimes come with errors that cause improper functioning of Windows Live Mail or the add-ons itself. The latter one is a minor problem that will not affect the proper functioning of the Windows Live Mail. It just disables the add-on and all other functions associated to it. For example the MIDI background music will not function if Windows Media Player is not installed.