Microsoft changes its outlook

Microsoft has announced that it's currently testing the new beta version of Windows Live Mail Desktop - a free application that lets users manage multiple e-mail accounts.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  April 3, 2006

Microsoft has announced that it's currently testing the new beta version of Windows Live Mail Desktop - a free application that lets users manage multiple e-mail accounts. This replacement for Outlook Express is designed to work with Windows Live Messenger and Live Mail (the successor to the firm’s Hotmail service). In addition to working with multiple Windows Live Mail and Hotmail accounts, the new desktop software can - like Outlook Express – also be used to manage POP3 or IMAP accounts. According to Brooke Richardson, product manager for Windows Live Mail, the firm might even look to include support for Google’s Gmail. Unlike Outlook Express 6, the app includes a spam and phishing filter and support for RSS feeds, blogging, separate POP inbox folders and synchronisation with Hotmail contacts. “Blogging and RSS look like they're here to stay and phishing is more dangerous than ever. Now is the time to add life back into my favourite free e-mail client and we’re injecting a large dose of adrenaline to kick things back up,” stated Live Mail Desktop developer Lei Gong on BetaNews.com. Live Desktop also offers a Photo Mail feature, which lets users send pictures as thumbnails to friends and family and then automatically upload a larger version to MSN. This feature is currently present in MSN’s Premium e-mail client for paying members. The firm has also included a Quick Search Box to enable quick searching in e-mails. This feature has been present in Opera Mail and Thunderbird client apps for some time. Microsoft plans to release the final version of its Live Mail Desktop by the end of this year. The firm plans to add the new app to its http://ideas.live.com this week.

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