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How many email accounts do you own?… How would you like to access multiple email accounts in just one place?… Most of us own more than one email account and it is a hassle to keep track of all of them.

Windows Live Mail is one of the free Windows Live services from Microsoft. It is an email program that you install on your PC. It’s like Windows Mail in your Windows Vista, Outlook Express on Windows XP, and Mozilla’s Thunderbird. Only much better. Window Live Mail allows you to access multiple email accounts from your favorite web-based email services. You can send and receive emails without having to open many windows on your web browser to log in to different accounts. Other cool features include integration with other Windows Live services such as Windows Live Spaces (it allows you to post a new blog entry on your Windows Live Space) and Windows Live Messenger (it allows you to start a conversation right from your inbox). It even gets the latest information from your favorite websites and blogs delivered right to your inbox with its built-in RSS feed reader.

I installed Windows Live Mail on my PC and I am using it to access my four email accounts which include Hotmail and Gmail. I was really impressed with its clean design and easy-to-use interface where you can drag, drop and organize your emails. You can even change its layout and color scheme.

It also has a neat feature called Quick Views that allows you to view mails from all your different accounts in one location, rather than having to switch between folders in your folder list.

Sending photos becomes much more convenient, too. Instead of large file attachments, Windows Live Mail sends thumbnails. Recipients can also view the full size your photos in an online slideshow and download the high-resolution photos that they want.

Another great thing with Windows Live Mail is that you can read messages offline once all the new messages from your different email accounts are already downloaded. This is convenient especially when you’re mobile.

POP Configuration

There are two ways Windows Live Mail can access your web-based email. By POP access or IMAP access. Normally, POP access would suffice. Enable POP Access to your email for Windows Live Mail to work. To activate it, just go to your email’s Settings, Options, and select POP. Windows Live Mail operates with most web-based and ISP email, as long as the email provider offers POP or IMAP access.

Gmail offers POP and IMAP access while Yahoo! Mail offers POP and IMAP access to premium Yahoo! accounts only. For Hotmail, only email address and password is required.

To download Windows Live Mail, click here; or visit for more info.

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