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Windows Mail is an e-mail and newsgroup client included in recent versions of Microsoft Windows. It is the successor to Outlook Express. Microsoft previewed Windows Mail on Channel 9 on October 10, 2005.
Unlike Outlook Express, Windows Mail is not considered to be a component of Internet Explorer. As such, it will not be made available for earlier Windows operating systems. Windows Mail will also not be included with Windows Server "Longhorn".
The same development team that built Windows Mail is also working on Windows Live Mail Desktop, which will serve both as the replacement for Outlook Express for Windows XP and as an upgraded version of Windows Mail.
Although the Windows Mail interface has only minor differences from the previous version such as the toolbar icons being replaced to reflect Windows Vista's interface and some interface features incorporated from Outlook 2003 including the right-hand "reading pane", larger changes have been made under the hood.
Microsoft has removed WebDAV support from Windows Mail, unlike its predecessor Outlook Express which had WebDAV support. Also, Outlook Express integrated with Windows Messenger. Windows Mail, however, has no integration with Windows Live Messenger or the new Windows Calendar. The more full-featured downloadable application, Windows Live Mail Desktop, although free, contains advertisements and instead integrates with Windows Live Contacts. Also, Microsoft has been generally criticized for creating many different applications for the same practical purpose and creating confusion.
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