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Download the successor of Outlook Express for all your emailing needs.

Windows Live Mail is almost a compulsory program for all Windows 7 and 8 users because the latest Microsoft OSes don't include a mail program such as Outlook Express any more.

The freeware automatically blocks advertising, viruses and fraudulent phishing mails and also offers a calendar that keeps you up to date about your appointments.

The look of the software is reminiscent of Outlook's user interface with a big preview feature on the right side. You can tie in various mail protocols into the program and view them offline. POP3 and IMAP accounts from AOL, Google Mail or other web-based accounts are supported. You can also use Windows Live Mail to administer RSS feeds, newsgroups and contact addresses.

Verdict: The successor of Outlook Express and Windows Mail offers all the features of a modern mail program.

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Windows Live Mail 2012 v16.4.3528

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