Mail is an email and newsgroup client developed by Microsoft and included in the Windows Vista, 8, and 10 operating systems.The main feature of Mail is sending and receiving email.Windows Mail included fairly minimal changes to the application’s user interface, but introduced major architectural changes when compared with its predecessor, Outlook Express, and is a fundamentally different application.The different versions do not share a common code base, but they share similar functionality. Like in Outlook and Outlook Express, Mail uses Control + E, not Control + F, to search.
Windows Mail was announced by Microsoft as the successor to Outlook Express on October 10, 2005 via its community website Channel 9.
Unlike Outlook Express, which was available for versions of Windows in the 9x series and Windows NT, Windows Mail is not available for operating systems prior to Windows Vista, and is also not as tightly integrated with the Internet Explorer web browser. It is, however, integrated with Windows Calendar.
Windows Live Mail was introduced in 2007 as an alternative to Windows Mail.Windows Live Mail also serves as the successor to Outlook Express on Windows XP. Unlike Windows Mail, Live Mail was packaged as part of the Windows Essentials suite and was not pre-installed in any version of Windows. Live Mail was intended for Windows 7, which does not have a built-in mail client, and it is also compatible with systems running Windows XP or later.After Outlook.com stopped supporting Windows Live Mail in June 2016, Microsoft positioned Mail as an alternative. Unlike Live Mail, the Windows 8 and 10 versions of Mail supports Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol.