Email programs

I have Vista OS on my Sony laptop Shocked( Originally I used Windows Live until they forced me to use Outlook the question is on my list of programs in the control panel I have the program Windows Live Essentials 2011 and in the start menu on my program list I have Windows Live Mail and Windows Mail. Which one do I need if any?

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Re: e-mail program

You need the program you currently use. You don't need the programs you used in the past or never used. Which program do you use now? Maybe only a browser (like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Opera) to access the site? Then you don't need any e-mail client.

Moreover, Windows Live Essentials 2011 isn't a program. It's a set of programs. Microsofts download instruction says "[it] consists of Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, Windows Live Mesh, Bing Bar, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight and the Outlook Connector Pack (Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector en Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger). Select the program you want from Windows Live Essentials or install them all.'
Only you know what you downloaded and installed and what you still use and don't use.

The naming and marketing of Microsofts programs others than Windows and Office have always been totally uncomprehensible for anyone outside the company. It's not your fault you are somewhat confused.


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Thank you Kees,
I think I get the drift, I use Google Chrome browser and just click icon on my favourites bar and sign in. So do I assume from what you are saying that I don't need the two mail programmes? I think I'll keep the Essentials 2011 as there are a few bits on there that I use, including photo gallery. As for the mail connector thingy I have no idea!!! Shocked/

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Re: mail programs

You're right about the mail programs. You can uninstall them.

The connector thing was used to connect MS Outlook (part of the MS Office suite) to hotmail. Since you don't use MS Outlook, you don't need that.


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I have successfully deleted the two said programs and can still access my mail so YAY!
As I have no idea how to go into the 'Essentials programs' and delete what I don't need I think I had better leave the whole thing there!
I have a nice big problem with my phone and Itunes that I inadvertantly caused myself last night if you're interested?!!! lol ;0) I will post it in the 'phones' bit or maybe there's a place for Itunes queries?
I'm off for a jog with the dogs first to calm down from the realisation of what I have done and doubt I can reverse!!!!! Shocked(
Thanks for the above anyway Shocked)

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Glad i could help.
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Thanks will do Shocked)

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Windows mail is

what was called Outlook Express in XP. It doens't matter which emial you use or you can even use both. You just have to configure with your email server specs which you should be able to find under the email service you are using.

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