Windows Live Mail Desktop (Beta) – A Refresh Available For Download

In IT, Tools on October 13, 2006 at 3:37 pm

Windows Live Mail team has recently released a beta refresh (Build 1083) and have made it available for public download. I’ve been using Windows Live Mail Desktop and I feel it’s one of a slick and “not-so-messy-configuration-settings-to-figure-out” kind of a thing. These days I check my Gmail and MSN accounts both on the Windows Live Mail Desktop. Even though at times the Gmail server fails to respond (or something happens that sort of) the application stayed pretty stable.

With the latest refresh Windows Live Mail team claims these as some of the enhancements,

  • More bug fixes
    • Over 150 of them since the last refresh build – including lots of accessibility and stability updates
  • Current View settings are now sticky
    • We admit it, we made a mistake.  In the last refresh build, every time WLMd was launched, the Current View settings were lost and needed to be reset.  What a pain – especially when reading newsgroups!  I’m happy to announce that this has now been fixed.
  • Update Feeds Button
    • In the RSS tab, we have added a new button for you to be able to automatically sync all your RSS feeds.
  • Easier Help Options
    • Now under Help you’ll see the option for getting Technical Support.  This will take you right to our Support site so you can fill out a ticket and get assistance from our support team!
  • Minimizing to System Tray
    • I think I may have just heard a small roar of excitement from our Beta testers. J  You all have been asking for this one for a while, so here you go!
  • Support for Windows Live ID sign in (for non-MSN Mail, Hotmail, and Windows Live Mail account holders)
    • Adding the ability to use non-Windows Live ID accounts in WLMd was a popular customer request – and I am super-psyched that we are able to provide it for you!  You can now sign in to WLMd using any Windows Live ID account, not just one that has an email account associated with it (such as  And for those who don’t yet have a Windows Live ID, WLMd allows you to create one as a part of sign-in! Remember that this is a very new feature for us – so please spend some time playing with it and let us know what you think!

Looks promising to me. You can download the latest refresh from here.

  1. I’ve fiddled with WLDM since recieving my nvite a few months ago. Apart from a few hick-ups that you quite rightly desribe above, I have found it to be Okay. Looks and feels new, lets see how it goes up gainst GMail when it comes out of BETA.

  2. Great, simplay GREAT.

  3. Thank you Kev. Lets keep our fingers crossed for the Gmail compliancy thing.

  4. Dear Askar,
    You just made my day. I loved hotmail via oulook express but that was not possible with Vista. Since Microsoft threw away the desktop beta a few moths ago, your place is the only one I could download it from.
    Thank you soooo much for it!

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