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Photos: Web e-mail on the desktop

Billed as an e-mail client, Microsoft's desktop software offers more than just a way to read e-mail.
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Open mail message

An open mail message from within the Windows Live Mail Desktop application, Microsoft's new free e-mail software.

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Text and IM conversation

In addition to sending e-mail, users can start a text IM or voice conversation from within Microsoft's Windows Live Mail Desktop application, which is now in limited beta testing.

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Improved photo sending

Windows Live Mail Desktop offers an improved photo sending and viewing capability, allowing photos to display within an e-mail, rather than as attachments.

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Inbox

Windows Live Mail Desktop offers an Outlook-like experience for viewing multiple e-mail accounts, though free users will see graphic ads displayed within the program, as evidenced by the Windows Live add on the right.

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