Windows Live Mail has been released in nearly final form for Windows XP and Vista. It’s an important step forward but only if you’re able to keep Microsoft’s e-mail programs straight.

These programs run on your computer:

  • Microsoft Outlook – full-featured mail/calendar/address book program sold as part of Microsoft Office
  • Outlook Express – streamlined mail program included with Windows XP
  • Windows Mail – updated version of Outlook Express included with Windows Vista
  • Windows Live Mail – the brand new mail software for Windows XP & Vista; when installed, it replaces Outlook Express and Windows Mail

These e-mail services run online in Internet Explorer:

  • Hotmail – Microsoft’s longtime free webmail client
  • Windows Live Hotmail – the new name for Hotmail, now with an optional new interface that closely resembles the various desktop programs

Windows Live Mail was released a few days ago. […] continued

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Windows Live Hotmail got its official launch yesterday, and the announcement included a compelling detail: Microsoft will make a free connector available to sync Windows Live Hotmail with Outlook. This may affect you more than you expect.

A month ago I wrote up some notes about the improvements in the new generation of web mail clients – Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo Mail. […] continued

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The Wall Street Journal has a front-page story today following the path of an e-mail message by a 22-year old Kaiser employee criticizing the technology being rolled out by Kaiser for patient records. The article isn’t so much about the pros or cons of Kaiser’s Health Connect system. Instead, it’s a sobering reminder to reflect before pushing the Send button, because information can spread further than you might guess. […] continued

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Here’s two good tips to configure the junk mail filtering in Outlook 2003 and 2007. There’s an easily overlooked checkbox that will automatically add everyone you e-mail to your “Safe Senders” list. There’s also a list of countries whose mail can be turned off – most of us can turn off mail from all countries except the US. […] continued

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There’s a massive spam blast in progress. ComputerWorld reports that the spam outbreak is setting records, 50 to 60 times the normal volume of spam, with subjects like Worm Alert!, Worm Detected, Spyware Detected!, and Virus Activity Detected!, and carrying ZIP file attachments containing the “Storm Trojan” virus.

“Postini has already counted nearly 5 million copies of the spam in the last 24 hours, and calculated that the run currently accounts for 87% of all malware being spread through e-mail.

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Many of us cannot imagine life without Outlook. In addition to e-mail, it handles our calendar and address book and to-do list; it fills our handheld devices and addresses envelopes in Word. But it typically lives on a single computer and is not readily accessible anywhere else.

Small Business Server users have it easy: they can use Outlook Web Access, a reasonably good imitation of their Outlook folders presented in Internet Explorer; and Outlook can be set up on a notebook or home computer with a live connection over the Internet to Small Business Server at the office, allowing Outlook to be used from anywhere. […] continued

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Two clients reported problems printing e-mail messages from Outlook 2003 – the message headers weren’t printing, the part that shows Date:, To:, From: and Subject. In each case, it was erratic – some messages would print correctly, others would be missing the header info.

Apparently there’s a bug in the way Outlook 2003 interacts with Internet Explorer 7 – something to do with the IE7 feature that shrinks pages so they print properly. […] continued

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Yet another tale of woe. is one of the largest web hosting companies in the world. They established themselves in Europe before making a big splashy entrance in the US a couple of years ago, with huge advertising sections on thick glossy paper in dozens of magazines. They offer rock bottom prices, a wide range of services, and well-designed online control panels. […] continued

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Changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have imposed new requirements for retention and production of electronic records in federal court litigation, especially e-mail. Here’s my notes when the changes first came to my attention.

A quick reading of some of the articles about the new FRCP revisions gives the impression that businesses should drastically change their practices to ensure long-term retention of e-mail and backup tapes, but that’s not quite correct. […] continued

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Remember Earthlink? It’s still in business but not particularly relevant. (Companies providing dialup access became an anachronism when the telcos and cable companies shut them out of broadband access. Earthlink all but disappeared, and AOL is following it down the same path – AOL is just taking longer to go away.) […] continued

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You’ve probably noticed it, and here’s a New York Times article to confirm it: after a respite for a year or two, the volume of spam has risen sharply in the last few months; worldwide spam volumes have doubled since last year and it currently accounts for more than 9 out of every 10 e-mail messages delivered worldwide. […] continued

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Some web sites require an e-mail address and send a confirming e-mail message to activate an account. The “confirmation” might be an excuse to get an e-mail address that can become a spam target.

Ten Minute Mail sets up a temporary e-mail address that expires after ten minutes – just long enough to get the validation message. […] continued

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This article highlights a startling statistic – sales of Windows Mobile-equipped handheld devices grew by 90% last year. Not that long ago, the Palm-based Treo 650 was the only reasonable phone/PDA device, but all of a sudden there’s more than 100 Windows Mobile phones shipping. (The Motorola Q is very cool looking – check it out!) […] continued

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Microsoft and Yahoo have both begun testing overhauls of their web mail clients. Here’s an article about the new look for HotMail, scheduled for rollout next year.

The new Hotmail closely resembles Outlook 2003, and supports drag-and-drop, right-clicking, selection of multiple items, and full-featured contacts and calendar folders.

More of you are demanding 24×7 access to your Outlook folders. […] continued

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E-mail was not designed to exchange large files. Many people attempt to send big files by e-mail – 10 or 20 or 30Mb of photos or PDFs or the like – and feel disappointed when the recipient never gets the message. Or perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end and had your mail delivery disrupted by a large attachment that pushes you over your storage limits or causes your mail program to time out. […] continued

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