Well I would appreciate some practical help rather than an anti-MS rant.
I use Windows 7 on a desktop with my main email through Windows Live Mail (I prefer it to Outlook). I have just acquired an ipad for away from desktop use. I've opened a gmail account. I'm going away for 3 weeks and I want to have all my emails from the desktop WLM iinet address forwarded to my gmail address on the ipad.
In gmail I've linked the iinet address to my gmail account, but there doesn't appear to be a way to do it the other way round. Other advice on the internet only refers to WL hotmail, not WL mail, and the screens are different.
Once I've organised the forwarding from the desktop (hopefully with your help), I then need to set up the ipad, and as a new user I have no idea how.