Windows Live Mail

Not to be confused with Windows Live Hotmail or Windows Mail.
Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail 2012 running on Windows 8
Developer(s) Microsoft
Last release 2012 (v16.4.3528.0331) (November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)) [±]
Development status Discontinued
Operating system Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8[1]
License Freeware

Windows Live Mail (formerly named Windows Live Mail Desktop, code-named Elroy[2]) is a freeware email client from Microsoft. The application is available for download via the Windows Essentials suite.

Windows Live Mail is the successor to Windows Mail on Windows Vista, which was the successor to Outlook Express on Windows XP. It officially supports running on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 8,[1] and is also compatible with Windows 10.[3]


Version 12 (Wave 2)

The first version of Windows Live Mail was released on 6 November 2007. The Windows Live Mail version numbering starts at 12 because this application is an advancement of Windows Mail, not an entirely new application. Windows Live Mail is developed by the same team that wrote Windows Mail.

Windows Live Mail has all of the features of Windows Mail. It also adds the following new features:

Comparison with Windows Mail

While Windows Live Mail is the successor to Windows Mail on Windows Vista, there were several differences in functionality between Windows Live Mail and Windows Mail when it was released in 2007. These include:

Version 2009 (Wave 3)

A beta version of Windows Live Mail was released in September 2008. It features a new user interface which, like the other Windows Live "Wave 3" beta applications released at the same time, has no icons on the toolbar buttons. It also features a new calendaring function; calendar events automatically synchronise between Windows Live Mail and the Web-based Windows Live Calendar. A "beta refresh" version of Windows Live Mail was released on 15 December 2008, and this version was officially released as the final version on 8 January 2009. This was the last version to support Windows XP.[4]

Version 2009 still contains the same MIME problem with signed mail[5] that Outlook Express has.

Version 2011 (Wave 4)

The first beta became available on 24 June 2010, sporting ribbons in the user interface and a calendar pane. The second beta came with a new start-up screen and other minor updates. The final version of Windows Live Mail 2011 was released on 30 September 2010, along with the Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite. It requires Windows Vista or newer; Windows XP is no longer supported.[4]

Version 2012 (Wave 5)

On 7 August 2012, Microsoft released a new version of Windows Essentials 2012, which included Windows Live Mail 2012. It requires Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8,[1] or Windows 10.[3] Windows Vista is no longer supported.[4]


Microsoft announced that was discontinuing support for Windows Live Mail by dropping support for the DeltaSync protocol.[6] Microsoft has positioned the built-in Windows 10 mailbox as a replacement for it. Unlike Windows Live Mail, the built-in mailbox is tied to the operating system and updated frequently via the Windows Store, although some updates have only been released with build updates. The built-in app functions similarly to Outlook Express and the Windows Vista mail app, but it does not use the same code base.

Windows 10 also includes a built-in Calendar app that functions similarly to Windows Vista's Calendar app and replaces the calendar functionality of Windows Live Mail.

There is no direct Microsoft replacement for Windows Live Mail's RSS functionality.

Although DeltaSync has been discontinued as of 30 June 2016, Microsoft's Windows Live Mail 2011 and 2012 will continue to work with Hotmail e-mail accounts, by using IMAP (or, less effectively, POP) in place of DeltaSync.[7][8]

Gmail and other service providers still support DeltaSync,[9] so users can still use Windows Live Mail with non-Microsoft email accounts.

Microsoft have announced that Windows Essentials 2012, including Windows Live Mail 2012, will reach end of support on 10 January 2017.[10]

See also


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