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Windows Live Mail Alternatives

Windows Live Mail is described as '(formerly named Windows Live Mail Desktop) is a freeware email client from Microsoft. It is the successor to Outlook Express on Windows XP and Windows Mail on Windows Vista. The application is available for download via the Windows Essentials suite' and is a popular Email Client in the office & productivity category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Windows Live Mail for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and iPhone. The best alternative is Thunderbird, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows Live Mail are Microsoft Office Outlook, SeaMonkey, Spark Mail and Evolution.

Windows Live Mail alternatives are mainly Email Clients but may also be Calendar Apps or Web Browsers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Windows Live Mail.
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  1. Mailbird icon

    Mailbird

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    65 alternatives to Mailbird 

    Mailbird helps individuals and businesses manage emails in one place. This allows you to simplify your workflows. Therefore, spend more time on important tasks. Moreover, 9 in 10 of our customers describe our interface as “intuitive” and beautiful.

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    1.  Dark ModeMailbird supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  Unified inboxView e-mails (or similar) from all accounts in one unified view with Mailbird.
    3.  Multiple Account supportMailbird support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    4.  Email template editorMailbird offers pre-defined email layouts so you can add content or customize your own templates.
    5.  Email OrganizerMailbird allows you to take control of your inbox by filtering and control tools.
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    Mailbird vs Windows Live Mail opinions
    Some users think Mailbird is a great alternative to Windows Live Mail, some don't.
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    Thunderbird

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    93 alternatives to Thunderbird 

    Thunderbird is a free, open source, cross-platform e-mail, news and instant messaging client. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsThunderbird can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Multiple Account supportThunderbird support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    3.  Calendar IntegrationThunderbird lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
    4.  Email OrganizerThunderbird allows you to take control of your inbox by filtering and control tools.
    5.  Dark ModeThunderbird supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Thunderbird.
    7.  Integrated Password ManagerThunderbird lets you access all the passwords you’ve saved across your different devices.
    8.  Import/Export OPML FeedsImport and export your feed subscriptions into OPML format with Thunderbird.
    9.  PortableThunderbird can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Thunderbird vs Windows Live Mail opinions
    Most users think Thunderbird is a great alternative to Windows Live Mail.
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    Thunderbird have not Outlook's express / Live Mail's simplicity. Thunderbird is like evolution Light. Very detail settings. When "some" not work, you cannot write and save draft.

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    Among other things, no provisions to open non-system folders to keep different files. You can open one but it doesn't let you type or delete, or in general work on it. It's passable but very far from being similar to WLMail. :)

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    Microsoft Office Outlook

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    134 alternatives to Microsoft Office Outlook 

    Microsoft Outlook, part of the Microsoft Office Suite (not to be confused with Microsoft Outlook Express), is a personal information manager that lets you manage your e-mail, calendar, contacts, and tasks.

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    1.  Email OrganizerMicrosoft Office Outlook allows you to take control of your inbox by filtering and control tools.
    2.  Calendar IntegrationMicrosoft Office Outlook lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
    3.  Unified inboxView e-mails (or similar) from all accounts in one unified view with Microsoft Office Outlook.
    4.  Multiple Account supportMicrosoft Office Outlook support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    5.  Dark ModeMicrosoft Office Outlook supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  Email SchedulingYou can schedule a marketing, sales, or personal email for a time in the future with Microsoft Office Outlook.
    Outlook 365 on Windows
    Outlook for Mac 2016
    Outlook for Android
    Microsoft Office Outlook vs Windows Live Mail opinions
    Some users think Microsoft Office Outlook is a great alternative to Windows Live Mail, some don't.
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    It is a fussy programme. I can't view all of my different email feeds in one inbox. The 'rules; and 'junk' filter simply do not work. All in all very disappointing

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  4. SeaMonkey icon

    SeaMonkey

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    240 alternatives to SeaMonkey 

    Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing in one application. Itis built on the open source Mozilla Gecko engine, the same code which underlies Thunderbird and is the base for the Firefox browser.

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    1.  WYSIWYG SupportSeaMonkey integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    2.  LightweightSeaMonkey consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Privacy focusedSeaMonkey is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  PortableSeaMonkey can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSeaMonkey can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    6.  Ad-freeSeaMonkey doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  5. Spark Mail icon

    Spark Mail

    • Mac
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Windows
    58 alternatives to Spark Mail 

    E-mail app with all the great features: swipes (long/short), snooze, add (multiple) attachments from the cloud, support for various e-mail services and more.

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    1.  Multiple Account supportSpark Mail support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    2.  Email SchedulingYou can schedule a marketing, sales, or personal email for a time in the future with Spark Mail.
    3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    4.  Email OrganizerSpark Mail allows you to take control of your inbox by filtering and control tools.
    5.  Calendar IntegrationSpark Mail lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
    6.  Dark ModeSpark Mail supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  6. Evolution icon

    Evolution

    • Linux
    • BSD
    • S/MIME
    • GNOME
    • OpenPGP
    80 alternatives to Evolution 

    Evolution is a personal information management application that provides integrated mail, calendaring, address book and task list functionality. Evolution supports a wide range of industry standard data formats and network protocols for information exchange, with an emphasis on...

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    1.  Calendar IntegrationEvolution lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
    2.  Calendar ViewEvolution has a built-in calendar view to have a clear overview of your content over time.
    3.  Multiple Account supportEvolution support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    4.  Sync with Google CalendarEvolution can be synchronized with Google Calendar
    5.  RemindersEvolution allows you to set reminders for tasks, events or actions, based on parameters of time, place or condition.
    6.  GPG EncryptionEvolution supports GPG (aka GnuPG) for encryption of things like emails, messages, files, etc.
    7.  Spam FilterEvolution can detect unsolicited, unwanted and virus-infected emails, calls, files, etc.
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  7. Mailbird icon

    Mailbird

    65 alternatives to Mailbird 

    Mailbird helps individuals and businesses manage emails in one place. This allows you to simplify your workflows. Therefore, spend more time on important tasks. Moreover, 9 in 10 of our customers describe our interface as “intuitive” and beautiful.

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    1.  Dark ModeMailbird supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  Unified inboxView e-mails (or similar) from all accounts in one unified view with Mailbird.
    3.  Multiple Account supportMailbird support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    4.  Email template editorMailbird offers pre-defined email layouts so you can add content or customize your own templates.
    5.  Email OrganizerMailbird allows you to take control of your inbox by filtering and control tools.
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    Mailbird vs Windows Live Mail opinions
    Some users think Mailbird is a great alternative to Windows Live Mail, some don't.
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    Claws Mail

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    88 alternatives to Claws Mail 

    Claws Mail is an email client (and news reader), based on GTK+, featuring

    Quick response Graceful, and sophisticated interface Easy configuration, intuitive operation Abundant features Extensibility Robustness and stability.

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    1.  LightweightClaws Mail consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsClaws Mail can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Multiple Account supportClaws Mail support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Claws Mail without registration.
    5.  Import/Export OPML FeedsImport and export your feed subscriptions into OPML format with Claws Mail.
    6.  Spam FilterClaws Mail can detect unsolicited, unwanted and virus-infected emails, calls, files, etc.
    7.  PortableClaws Mail can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Claws Mail vs Windows Live Mail opinions
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    Full featured, fast easy setup

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    Geary

    • Linux
    • BSD
    • GNOME
    • Flatpak
    52 alternatives to Geary 

    Geary is an email application built around conversations, for the GNOME 3 desktop.

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    1.  Multiple Account supportGeary support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    2.  Dark ModeGeary supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Email OrganizerGeary allows you to take control of your inbox by filtering and control tools.
    4.  Spam FilterGeary can detect unsolicited, unwanted and virus-infected emails, calls, files, etc.
    5.  LightweightGeary consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  10. Microsoft Mail and Calendar icon

    Microsoft Mail and Calendar

    • Windows
    • Windows S
    90 alternatives to Microsoft Mail and Calendar 

    Windows 10 has Mail and Calendar apps already built in.

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    1.  Unified inboxView e-mails (or similar) from all accounts in one unified view with Microsoft Mail and Calendar.
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    Microsoft Mail and Calendar vs Windows Live Mail opinions
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    It does not allow saving email messages as msg or eml files.

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