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After about a year of waiting I finally got my invite to Windows Live Mail.  (Okay, so I didn't really care that much.)  What I got is some awful hybrid between Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.  Nothing revolutionary here.  Just a forced update to the ever aging Hotmail.  Granted I didn't spend much time with it, so if you think you can change my mind, please do so.

Unfortunately, this is also the same interface you get with Office Live.

Consider using a hosted Microsoft Exchange server.  Prices start around $7 per account per month and are well worth it.  Outlook Web Access is far better, plus you get full over the air synchronization with Microsoft smartphones.  The only thing that its lacking is easy calendar sharing.  Public calendars just don't blend well with your main calendar, and the calendar sharing through Outlook doesn't work with Outlook Web Access.

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 8:51 AM Miscellaneous | Back to top

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The thing that I miss in both of those solutions (Live / Hotmail and OWA) is when there's new mail, you don't get to find out about it! Have to do the send / receive thing to see it. Too bad it's not like GMail where you get notified of new stuff right away.

Maybe the next version of Live will be leaner and offer this kind of dynamism. I wish Steve Sinofsky the best of luck with this!
Left by Lorin Thwaits on Mar 23, 2007 12:19 PM

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If you run Windows Messenger it will notify you of incoming mail to Live or Hotmail. If you leave OWA open in a browser it will pop up a message (but the service eventually times out.) Of course you could always create a simple POP or IMAP notification client in .NET or download one of the many generic notifiers.
Left by Scott Kuhl on Mar 23, 2007 12:37 PM

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