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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Windows Live Mail Beta

I recently received an invitation by Microsoft to try out their new product, Windows Live Mail Beta. It's a brand new interface of webbased email exploiting the AJAX application structure. It's Microsoft's attempt to compete with Google's now very famous Gmail.

In simple words, it's a new version of Hotmail.


Getting Started

First, an invitation. If you don't have one, there are some methods you can try to get them.

To use Live Mail, I have to go through a transition process between my Hotmail account and Live Mail. This transition process will move all my emails, contacts and everything into Live Mail account. So, it doesn't mean that you have to sign up for a new email account or anything. Microsoft promise that if at any stage, I would like to opt out of this beta service, I can. That's promising enough for me.


What's special about Live Mail?

Everything you have in Hotmail is available in Live Mail. Live Mail uses AJAX technology, similar to Gmail. AJAX is not actually a technology but a very dynamic interface utilising Javascript and XML, this gives the end user some very cool features and fast browsing without having to reload the page all over again.

Upgrading to Live Mail gives you 2GB of free space instantly. 8 times better than the regular 250MB.

The whole page is divided into three columns. One for major folders, one for the list of emails with subject lines and contact, and the last one to view your selected email. It is also possible to resize the columns according to your liking.

Right Click. You can right click on where ever you want to see a list of options. For example, right click on the "Junk Folder" and select "Empty Folder". Or right click on a email message, and a few options such as "Reply", "Delete", "Forward" and "Move to" will appear.

Drag and drop feature. Haven't tried it out but you are suppose to be able to drag inbox messages into Junk Email.

Calendar is available with dynamic interface as well though I haven't ventured into it but I'm positive it's gonna kick ass.


Beta being Beta have Beta bugs

Yes. Beta bugs are one of the things you have to expect when you become a beta tester. While the interface have still plenty to improve on such as user friendliness and all, it's no where near as happening as Gmail.

One of the things that Live Mail promise is speed but even after utilising AJAX, speed isn't what they have. I suspect this may be caused by too much client side programming.

For example, to write an email. Inserting a contact is not easy, it is very slow due to a special feature that calls up similar email contact that is suppose to be smart enough to know who are you writing to. But it's filter go through the process over and over again that it lags behind. This incident occurs for the body part as well. Spell check is a wonderful feature, but it's very slow.

There are always a delay in whatever you want to do. It makes a http call in every click and every key you type.


Conclusion

It's still in the beta process and working hard to impress the beta testers. I have high hopes for this product. But whether or not I will move back to hotmail is definitely not going to happen. Well, maybe for the Calendar feature.

*Updates: It appears it's easy to sign up for Live Mail, just go to their sign up page and do it on your own.
**UPDATES: For those who would like to know how to cancel this service, click here.

 

References: How to get a Live Mail Invitation, LiveMail Ideas, Live Mail Signup, Live Mail Blog,
Tags: Live Mail, Beta, Hotmail, Gmail, Microsoft, Google,


Posted at 07:31 pm by Seige

muvizaz
November 12, 2015   11:30 AM PST
 
try licenses
thanks for sharing
joao
June 21, 2010   07:54 PM PDT
 
quero cancelar o windows live mail, é horrível, não consigo abrir os e-mails, como faço para cancelar, isso esta trapalhando o meu e-mail, atrapalha, e não consigo ler, preciso detonar windows live nail, não traz beneficio algum só atrapalha!
Emilayne
July 23, 2008   03:56 AM PDT
 
Naum consigo ler meus mail , pq esta tao dificil e pq o site esta td em ingles ?
gata
May 17, 2008   02:53 PM PDT
 
quiero cancelar mi cuenta de live
Tania
April 14, 2008   07:29 PM PDT
 
gostaria de mudar meu hotmail (e-mail) para o idioma 'portugues' porque não consigo ler em inglês, como faço? obrigada
cristiane lima
May 17, 2007   01:48 AM PDT
 
quero cancelar urgente essa droga windows live mail beta do meu msn
cristiane lima
May 17, 2007   01:44 AM PDT
 
quero cancelar urgente essa droga windows live mail beta do meu msn
cris
March 27, 2007   01:19 AM PDT
 
quero cancelar ommeu email beta como faço?
Vjosa
January 16, 2007   01:38 PM PST
 
please please send me an invitation to windows live mail beta ive been looking everywhere for it.if you can send it to j.vjosa_unikkatil@hotmail.com
misael
December 17, 2006   02:03 AM PST
 
please please send me an invitation to windows live mail beta ive been looking everywhere for it.if you can send it to misahernandez@hotmail.com
maria luisa
November 22, 2006   12:20 AM PST
 
La verdad es que no me gustó esta versión, me obstruye varia información. Por favor quiero regresar a la versión anterior.
Es URGENTE!!!!!!!!! Gracias.
angelo
November 21, 2006   11:05 AM PST
 
gostraia de cancelar o windows live mail beta do meu msn
angelo
November 21, 2006   11:04 AM PST
 
queria desactivar o window live beta
katty
November 1, 2006   08:42 AM PST
 
I want Windows live beta mail please, send it to kat_1101_22@hotmail.com thnx alot
Chris
October 31, 2006   05:15 PM PST
 
Is it possable to get rid of the beta version?
emad
October 18, 2006   11:37 PM PDT
 
cancelar mi cuenta gratiuta
emad
October 18, 2006   11:15 PM PDT
 
pls can u send me invitation to live mail beta my email is
rabab-alhanaei2hotmail.com
Gone
October 12, 2006   08:07 PM PDT
 
pls can u send me invitation to live mail
ahmedhazem95@hotmail.com
ibrahim_kaya1@msn.com
October 11, 2006   09:58 AM PDT
 
Pls Send me Windows Live Mail Beta
My adress:ibrahim_kaya1@msn.com
rita
October 7, 2006   10:38 PM PDT
 
pleaseeee send me an invitation for the WINDOWS LIVE BETA MAIL..please rita_cf20@hotmail.com
please
Giannis
October 6, 2006   03:58 PM PDT
 
I want Windows live mail please, send it to mad_mois@hotmail.com
Stela
October 5, 2006   02:48 PM PDT
 
Gostaria de cancelar o windows live mail.
Fabiana
August 16, 2006   07:26 PM PDT
 
Me gustaria obtener hotmail beta... por favor ayudenme a conseguir esta version
Heliane
July 21, 2006   03:10 PM PDT
 
gostaria de cancelar meu yahoomail beta, pois nao gostei e nem me adptei e alem do maios esta em inglês , por favor cancelem esse mail beta , obrigada
Douglas
July 20, 2006   09:16 PM PDT
 
I WANT TO REGISTER IN THE WINDOWS LIVE MAIL BETA
Holly
July 19, 2006   02:08 AM PDT
 
I want Windows live mail please, send it to Soccer_Gurl009@hotmail.com
Samina
July 13, 2006   08:50 PM PDT
 
I want WIndows Live Mail. Send me the page to download it! At samina_sultana_101@hotmail.com
abed
June 24, 2006   11:01 AM PDT
 
i want to regiested to windows live mail beta
lucy
June 6, 2006   10:04 PM PDT
 
I cant read an of my mail and it's really pi**ing me off if ur going to let people try things make sure it works first. IDIOTS there is no way of sorting it out either so sort it out for us all that are having problems
neila
June 3, 2006   08:10 PM PDT
 
eu tenho que desativar o mail beta!!já não aguento mais ficar sem olhar meus emails!!por favor me ajudem
neila
June 3, 2006   08:04 PM PDT
 
tenho q cancelar esse mail beta,já não aguento mais, não consigo ver meus emails!!por favor me ajudem!!
me respondam se possivel:neilinha.lima@hotmail.com
neila
June 3, 2006   07:54 PM PDT
 
eu tenho que desativar o mail beta!!já não aguento mais ficar sem olhar meus emails!!por favor me ajudem
jiri deutsch
May 26, 2006   04:34 PM PDT
 
i need to cancel live beta . How?

gdeutsch@telus.net
sabah alazzawi
May 24, 2006   06:47 AM PDT
 
the windows live mail beta is unfortunate venture please return back to the previous design

sincerelt

s.h. alazzaw
Adriana
May 3, 2006   10:49 PM PDT
 
Eu gostaria de cancelar meu emil beta pois meu computador é muito lento e fica pior ainda para acessar meus e-mails com o beta. Como faço para usar o meu antigo e-mail novamente???

adrianaanizelli@hotmail.com
Kelly
May 3, 2006   08:50 PM PDT
 
Anyone know how to reverse this. So I do not have Live Mail anymore? I hate the service and want my MSN to be the same as it was before..................please email me if you know

smokinlilnumba@yahoo.com
Seige
April 24, 2006   06:45 PM PDT
 
http://seigey.blogdrive.com/archive/291.html
Seige
April 24, 2006   09:42 AM PDT
 
http://seigey.blogdrive.com/archive/291.html
NameJILL MARRUEDO
April 23, 2006   10:37 AM PDT
 
I NEED TO UNSUBSCRIBE TO WINDOWS LIVE BETA MAIL AND DONT KNOW HOW I AM UNABLE TO READ ANY MAIL. WHEN I SIGNED UP I WAS TOLD I COULD UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME THIS IS NOT TRUE!!
jhonsote
April 18, 2006   08:22 PM PDT
 
hola, me llamo jhon, yo ya tengo una cuenta de windows live mail, pero todavía no tengo las funcion3es, pero eso no importa, yo ya tengo 2GB
Nina Costa
April 17, 2006   05:08 PM PDT
 
Quero cancelar meu windows live mail beta do meu msn, não consigo ler minhas mensagens.
Seige
April 15, 2006   12:55 AM PDT
 
para cancelar, vão as "opções" e selecionam "o opt beta para fora de". Ou estale-me
halil
April 15, 2006   12:54 AM PDT
 
gostraia to cancel windows live mail beta of mine msn, but translated in Portuguese I to be able cancelled.
cintia
April 15, 2006   12:50 AM PDT
 
it would like to cancel, nao I obtain to have access mine emails....
mayra celina
April 14, 2006   04:24 AM PDT
 
I want to cancel mail Windows live, my pagina, because it was not possible to be lowered completely and my pagina I cannot habrir them, I need that it is cancelled since I do to him
alejandra
April 7, 2006   01:55 AM PDT
 
quisiera desactivar windows live mail beta de mi cuenta de correo ¿como lo hago?
monica
April 6, 2006   02:33 PM PDT
 
quiero desactivar windows live mail beta
Seige
April 1, 2006   08:31 PM PST
 
Você pode cancelar seu windows live mail beta das opções. Escolha o Opt beta para fora
Gabriela
April 1, 2006   12:53 PM PST
 
eu gostaria de cancelar o meu windows live mail beta por que eu nao consigo entrar no meu e-mail como eu faço ???
Seige
March 16, 2006   01:55 PM PST
 
Sorry to hear about your misfortune. You can opt out of the beta service by going to "Options / Beta Opt Out". Easy.
Name
March 16, 2006   05:26 AM PST
 
HOW DO I GET THE CLASSIC INBOX. I CAN ONLY VIEW A COUPLE OF NEW EMAILS AT A TIME.
Seige
March 11, 2006   11:30 PM PST
 
Geraldine:

Welcome to my blog and I'm glad you find this information useful.

I do believe you can revert back to the previous version should you feel like it. Just go to Options and choose to "Opt out of Beta"

How can we contact you? You didn't leave me your email address or anything.
Geraldine Flathau
March 10, 2006   02:46 PM PST
 
I just posted some comments but I wonder if it does any good. Does anyone that can help read this or is it just another ad for the program? Will hope someone will contact me and let me get my mail or maybe I have to unsubscribe.
Geraldine Flathau
March 10, 2006   02:43 PM PST
 
I was given an invitation to sign up and I did. lthen I was notified that I had Windows Mail Betafor my hotmail account. Got it one day and haven't been able to get it since. Can't even get my mail from this account. What is going on with this program. Do I keep it or is the way it's going to be. I am tired of trying to find some answers and help and I am beginning to be tired of Microsoft claiming to ge so good. Maybe I could get a phone number sometime and then be able to talk to someone that I could understand and they would help with all my Micrsoft problems. Thanks for this place to tell you this probllem.

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