News: Microsoft gives Vista's 'Windows Mail' the heave-ho
Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday launched a beta of the new e-mail client designed to give the boot to Vista's four-month-old built-in Windows Mail. Windows Live Mail Beta 2.0, touted by Microsoft three weeks ago as blending features from multiple Microsoft mailers, sports a Vista Aero look and claims faster performance than its predecessor, the now-defunct Windows Live Mail desktop. The program handles POP, IMAP and Windows Live Hotmail accounts, theoretically letting users combine multiple interfaces -- a browser for Hotmail, say, plus the venerable Outlook Express (OE) for POP mail -- within a single window. It runs on both Vista and Windows XP; on the latter platform, it ousts OE.