“Windows Mail Desktop” and “Windows Writer” might live on in Windows Essentials?

By LiveSide | Posted September 1, 2012 16 comments

Windows EssentialsIf you are currently using any of Microsoft’s web services, you may have received an email today notifying of upcoming changes to the Microsoft Services Agreement, to become effective on September 27, 2012. Whilst these service agreements usually tends to be quite boring to read, thanks to a tip from LiveSide reader Andy and Picturepan2 from LiveSino.net, we noticed something interesting about the wordings on some of the products and services included. Below is an excerpt from the email itself (emphasis ours):

…our online services – including your Microsoft account and many of our online products and services for consumers, such as Hotmail, SkyDrive, Bing, MSN, Office.com, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Mail Desktop, and Windows Writer.

Whilst we’ve seen Microsoft rebranding Windows Live Photo Gallery and Movie Maker as simply “Windows Photo Gallery” and “Windows Movie Maker” when they released Windows Essentials 2012 last month, we can’t help but noticed that Microsoft had left Messenger, Mail and Writer almost unchanged, including their Windows Live branding. This led to many of our readers speculating that these products might be on their way out soon. However, from the email above, it seems like Microsoft might be rebranding Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Writer as “Windows Mail Desktop” and “Windows Writer” soon, and this gives some hope that the next update to Windows Essentials might see some added features to these two products. Unfortunately, Microsoft did not rename Windows Live Messenger, which makes sense as many are suspecting that the service may be gradually phased out, or otherwise integrated, with Skype.

What’s also interesting is the “Windows Mail Desktop” branding – for those who may recall, Windows Live Mail used to be called Windows Live Mail Desktop before they decided the name was too long, and shortened it as simply Windows Live Mail. This created huge branding confusion  at that time as Windows Live Hotmail was also once called “Windows Live Mail”. It appears Microsoft may be reverting back to the “Mail Desktop” branding now to avoid confusion with Windows 8’s Mail app. With Hotmail being rebranded as Outlook.com, perhaps we might one day see “Windows Mail Desktop” revert back to Outlook Express?

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 9:09 am
  • Khristopher Ranger

    Oh Microsoft. You just can’t settle on something, because you’re always too worried about looking cool. Blah so annoying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/khris Khristopher Ranger

    Oh Microsoft. You just can’t settle on something, because you’re always too worried about looking cool. Blah so annoying.

  • jvd897

    This is utterly fantastic news — especially about Writer — and hopefully means that there’ll be some updates and much-needed bugfixes to “Mail Desktop” in the near future. I still use Windows Live Mail every day, and I always thought the “Windows Live Mail Desktop” name made sense, but it makes even more sense now that we’re in the Windows 8 era and we need to emphasize what is a Desktop program and what isn’t.

  • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

    This is utterly fantastic news — especially about Writer — and hopefully means that there’ll be some updates and much-needed bugfixes to “Mail Desktop” in the near future. I still use Windows Live Mail every day, and I always thought the “Windows Live Mail Desktop” name made sense, but it makes even more sense now that we’re in the Windows 8 era and we need to emphasize what is a Desktop program and what isn’t.

  • tN0

    I’m wondering if they ever will release Windows Essential for Windows RT. Would make sense. Especially Photo Gallery could be very useful for consumers using a Windows RT machine with mouse + keyboard.

    • jvd897

      And a Metro version of Writer could be very popular too.

  • tN0

    I’m wondering if they ever will release Windows Essential for Windows RT. Would make sense. Especially Photo Gallery could be very useful for consumers using a Windows RT machine with mouse + keyboard.

    • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

      And a Metro version of Writer could be very popular too.

  • Davud

    They’re really becoming annoying with all of this.

  • Tribbiani

    They’re really becoming annoying with all of this.

  • ¡Firedog

    Although the email notification of the change to the agreement referred to Windows Mail Desktop and Windows Writer, the agreement itself calls them Microsoft Mail Desktop and Microsoft Writer, both part of ‘Microsoft Branded Services’ – apparently the new name for Windows Live until it changes again.

  • ¡Firedog

    Although the email notification of the change to the agreement referred to Windows Mail Desktop and Windows Writer, the agreement itself calls them Microsoft Mail Desktop and Microsoft Writer, both part of ‘Microsoft Branded Services’ – apparently the new name for Windows Live until it changes again.

  • Technogran -

    Mail Desktop and Writer are fine with me as long as they continue to evolve. Their both my favourite programs and used every time I switch my PC on.

  • Technogran -

    Mail Desktop and Writer are fine with me as long as they continue to evolve. Their both my favourite programs and used every time I switch my PC on.

  • jvd897

    Old thread, I know, but I just noticed something interesting: in the beta versions of Windows 8, the Metro-style Mail app had a default signature of “Sent from my Windows 8 PC”. Now, in the RTM version of the Mail app, the signature is “Sent from Windows Mail”. So it appears that the Metro-style app is indeed called “Windows Mail”, which means that “Windows Mail Desktop” is indeed an appropriate name for Windows Live Mail.

  • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

    Old thread, I know, but I just noticed something interesting: in the beta versions of Windows 8, the Metro-style Mail app had a default signature of “Sent from my Windows 8 PC”. Now, in the RTM version of the Mail app, the signature is “Sent from Windows Mail”. So it appears that the Metro-style app is indeed called “Windows Mail”, which means that “Windows Mail Desktop” is indeed an appropriate name for Windows Live Mail.