Thank you roncerr, Greg S, and richc46 for your helpful responses.
Maybe I'm just confused, as usual. I used to use Hotmail; then M'Soft
migrated to WLM. In my opinion they're trying to make it part of a more
"social", "conversational" experience with all the otherparts of Windows Live.
What I would really like to be able to have is a free email client that's on my desktop and would be able to import all my current WLM contacts, adresses etc.
Would Windows Mail be such a creature?