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Windows Live Mail – Getting Started

written by: Joli Ballew•edited by: Ronda Bowen•updated: 7/5/2011

Windows Mail ships with Vista, but Windows Live Mail is a web-based alternative and offers lots more features. Windows Live Mail is a Microsoft Live Service, so it integrates seamlessly with other Live Services like Live Contacts, Live Messenger, and more.

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    Getting Started with Windows Mail

    If you need to access e-mail from any computer that offers Internet Access (perhaps because you travel a lot), and you need a little more than what Windows Mail offers, try Windows Live Mail. As you can see here, not only can you access your e-mail using a familiar interface, but you can add multiple email accounts, including a Hotmail account, and have access to other Live services like Live Contacts, Live Messenger, RSS feeds, newsgroups, and more. [See Image 1]

    Windows Live Mail also offers the following:

    * Spam and virus filters that are applied to all Windows Live e-mail accounts you configure.

    * Warnings for potentially dangerous email including those phishing for information or offering a known scam.

    * Easily accessible Delete and Block options.

    * A familiar Windows Mail and Outlook Express interface. No learning curve required.

    * The ability to add any email account including Gmail and Yahoo! premium.

    * Access to your Windows Live Messenger contacts and your Windows Live Spaces blog.

    * The ability to add e-mail accounts and have an Inbox for each one. There's also a Quick Mail features that allows you to access unread email from every configured account.

    To get started with Windows Live Mail:

    1. Go here:

    2. Click Get it Free.

    3. Work through the installation. [Seem Image 2]

    4. Windows Mail will open automatically.

    5. Follow the prompts to log in and configure your email accounts.

    Note that you can access other Live services. [See Image 3] [See Image 4]

    If you like Windows Live Events you may also like other Live Services:

    Windows Live ID – All You Need to Know.

    Windows Live Services - Enhance Vista and Your Home Office.

    Windows Live Hotmail - All You Need to Know.

    Windows Live Toolbar - All You Need to Know.

    Windows Live Calendar - All You Need to Know.

    Windows Live Contacts - All You Need to Know.

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