Quote: Originally Posted by poppa bear;670081Hi 2CR LZW. Thanks for your input and kind remarks. [...
Also, Microsoft informed me that the Windows Mail folder in program files in Windows 7 was put there solely for the purpose of enabling Windows Live Mail to operate. I don't think many people realise this, or the fact that this whole business came about because of problems with fair trading rules in the European market. [...] Cheers PB.
As applications on portable devices (esp. mobile phones) are increasingly being used to access data, that not long ago was the sole domain of the computer, and as technology changes (e.g. if Sprint's 4G network delivers a 10x increase in speed over 3G) at a fast pace, a shift in consumer preferences may occur sooner than anticipated.
Avoidance of the EU assumed bundling = antitrust violations notwithstanding, the wisdom of having the mail client independent of an OS's product cycle, allows Microsoft the ability to adapt to the marketplace in a timely manner instead of once every three years or so.
While the decision not to have Windows Mail as an official option for Windows 7, was a disappointment to the vast majority of users represented by the over 151,000 views of this tutorial, I understand the reasoning. If not, a good number of people may have downloaded Windows Mail w/o realizing all of the advantages of Windows Live Mail, and the other Live applications. In a competitive marketplace, Microsoft wants the consumer to use the best they have to offer, lest the Windows Mail user, switches to the competitors best w/o giving Windows Live Mail its due.
However, what is deemed best for the majority, may not be for a considerable number of users, pace the number of people and business's that tried Vista and opted for XP. One can read the previous 468 posts in this tutorial for the numerous reasons why, that after trying Windows Live Mail, so many opted to go to extra ordinary means to continue using Windows Mail. For me, it was a business decision.
It seems Windows Live Mail is geared towards families, as when it encounters multiple email accounts, it assumes they represent different family members and each one gets their own set of folders. I use three email accounts for various aspects of the business and 28 subfolders to keep track of all business expenses. No matter what email account the mail is received in, they can easily be sorted into the appropriate expense folder in Windows Mail. In contrast, Windows Live Mail produces 84 folders to keep track of business expenses, which is an additional expense of time (= 3x money), for which the benefits of WLM fail to overcome both the increase in cost; and the decrease in performance due to the additional services required to run WLM. In addition, the benefits of WLM do not justify the increased exposure to security vectors (sync, sharing, remote desktop, etc.) in a business setting. In short, great for families does not = good for business. Does Microsoft have a vested interest in allowing Windows Mail on Windows 7?
While their steadfast customers wonder if the next month's patch Tuesday for Windows Updates will disable Windows Mail in Windows 7, I hope Microsoft considers
the following from a legal point of view:
One could hardly
claim you were tying the consumers' hands.
Microsoft would be showing great respect
for the decisions of individuals
Far from inhibiting fair competition, rather than downloading Windows Live Mail, or
any of your competitors
software, consumer choice
went to extraordinary
measures to use
In the global marketplace, Microsoft ensured fair competition
, and in contrast
to claims our decision was "because it was jammed down our throats" we demonstrate
, beyond a shadow of doubt (considering all of the easily obtainable offerings from your competitor's), that we choose
based solely on
From a business perspective your not losing
, both Windows Live Mail & Windows Mail are free
And more importantly, you won't be losing
us to your competitors', but you will be gaining
Beyond us sevenforums members, who already have Windows 7, killing Windows Mail with an "update," will lose
, as those who don't upgrade
to Windows 7
, because they prefer Windows XP/Outlook Express or Vista/Windows Mail to the Windows 7/Windows Live Mail option.
On the 1 year anniversary of Windows 7, graft us back in as an option within WLM (you can hide it deep within the interface options (if its there, we will find it).
However, if that is not possible without making us use all the services (for sync, sharing, remote desktop, etc.) that decrease our performance and needlessly increases our exposure to security vectors, then provide a standalone Windows Mail to download. If an analogy would help, as:
Windows Live Mail is to Windows 7 : Windows Mail is to XP Mode in Windows 7.
PB, if you or any other members, have points to add or subtract, maybe someone could compile a bit more cogent post, and have someone with Microsoft contacts get it to a decision maker, and stop some zealot from killing all the work that went into this Windows Mail tutorial.
Best regards, 2CR LZW