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Can Windows Live Mail be installed and run in Windows 10?

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#1 cafejose


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 06:27 AM

As the topic title.

Windows 10 comes with "Windows Mail", email client.  I took a look at it, and I believe i do not like it.  I had earlier a few times seen Windows Live Mail, email client on Windows Vista (but never used it); and I would like to maybe try Windows Live Mail on Windows 10, so it would need to be downloaded (as part of Windows Essentials) and then installed onto Windows 10.  Dumb question is, will this work?

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:11 AM

The answer to your question is "Yes and No" due to a number of factors.


Windows Live Mail 2012 will install and function perfectly well under Windows 10 and should work just fine for the foreseeable future for POP and IMAP access to e-mail, as these protocols have remained virtually unchanged "forever" now.  The only reason Microsoft stopped supporting it is because they didn't want to upgrade it to work with whatever their latest proprietary synchronization method is called.


One used to download from the Microsoft Windows Essentials Page, but shortly after the end of support date the download link was, unsurprisingly, removed.  Unless you have an official copy from just prior to the end of support you are not going to be able to get one from Microsoft.


I've got WLM 2012 on my Windows 10 system because I work with blind and visually-impaired individuals and this particular e-mail client was, and remains, popular because it "plays well" with accessibility software, so I can definitely state that it works.  I just fired it up the other day to do some work with it and the NVDA screen reader.

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