Windows Live Mail: details about the new beta announced

With the news coming from Microsoft that Windows Live Mail will be succeeding Outlook Express and Windows Mail in Vista, Tanja from the Windows Live Mail team was able to post some details about the upcoming beta.  Coming “in just a few short weeks”, where it will become available on http://get.live.com/betas , the new beta will be more than just a name change.  According to the Windows Live Mail blog “(w)e’re bringing in features from OE, Windows Mail AND Windows Live Mail desktop”  The blog entry goes on to note:

Windows Live Mail will include all the great features that were available to you in WLMd, plus:

  • · New and improved UI:  Cleaner design, and now with Aero support!

  • · Setup and account migration improvements:  Smoother experience overall – you will now have fewer steps in order to get started with the client.

  • · More parity with OE and Windows Mail:  S/MIME and LDAP support are just two of the features that we’ve been working on for WLM which will bring us more parity with our other free Mail clients.

  • · Performance and stability:  The new product will be faster and more robust than WLMd.

  • · No Ads:  Yes, it’s true – there will be no graphical ads in the WLM beta build.