How To Replace Outlook Express With Windows Live Mail


Microsoft and Windows live How-To Tutorials, Guides and NewsMicrosoft introduced Windows Live Mail as a great free offline email client and copious communication application.  Whether you’ve made the jump to Windows 7 or if you’re still a die-hard XP or Vista (not likely) fan, the good news is you can still use the new Windows Live Mail client, which I think is a significant upgrade over Outlook Express.

More good news is that Windows Live Mail will work with any Internet email provider including the popular Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail services.  Let’s take a look at how to set it up and a few of its principal features.

The first question I like to ask about any software is, what can it do?

windows live mail features

  • Windows Live Mail is similar to Office Outlook in many respects; it can manage your email, calendar, contacts, RSS feeds, and newsgroups.
  • Use any email service; Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Live Mail, Comcast Mail, or any other groovy email provider you may have.  Windows Live even auto-configures to work with many of them.
  • You can easily integrate Live Mail with your Live (MSN) Messenger, your online Live Profile, and your Live People.
  • Archive your RSS Feeds and make them searchable.
  • Create email slide shows, color-code messages, and organize mail into folders.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you out while using Windows Live Mail.

Add an email account to Windows Live Mail

1. Click Add e-mail account.

add email account to windows live mail

2. Enter your Email address and Password you use to log in to your email account.  The display name can be whatever name you would like people to see when you send an email.

enter credentials for email account in windows live mail

Unlike Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail is smart and will usually configure the correct settings for your email provider automatically.  To add a second email account to Windows Mail, just repeat the above process as many times as you need.  You’ll notice the layout is very clean and simple, ideal for any computer user, whether beginner or advanced.

email client for windows live mail, gmail labels are converted to folders in windows live mail

Add an RSS feed to Windows Live Mail

1. Click the Feeds button to switch to the Feeds window, then Click Add feed.

add an rss feed in windows live mail

2. Paste or Type in your groovy RSS Feed example icon Feed URL and then click OK.

susbcribe to an rss feed in windows live mail

Import Google And Other Calendars into Windows Live Mail

To import calendars, you’ll need a Windows Live Account.  You can signup for one at

1. Once you have a Windows Live Account, sign in to your Live account using the button at the top right of Windows live Mail.

sign in to windows live through windows live mail

Now that you signed in to your Live account through Windows Mail, Windows Mail can sync with all of your live online data.

2. In your web browser, visit  You may be required to sign in to your live account again to visit it.  Once there, Click the Subscribe button.

subscribe in windows live calendar to google or another calendar

3. Here if you know the ICAL web address to the calendar you would like to import, you can enter it using the exact URL.   If you have the ICAL file saved, you can also upload the file to import the calendar.  Click Subscribe to calendar to when done.

Note: For information on how to retrieve your Google Calendar ICAL address, see the first three steps of .

import or subscribe or add calendar to windows live

4. Back in Windows Live Mail, Click Sync then Click the Everything option.

windows live sync

Now your Windows Live Mail is synced with whatever calendar you added online.  On the left side of the calendar screen, you’ll see a list of your subscribed calendars.  There you can change the color of each calendar subscription.  Just remember, you won’t be able to write sync your Live Mail calendar with external calendars as they are ‘read-only.’

import google calendar into windows live

Hopefully, this gets you started with the Windows Live Mail and some of it’s best features.  The rest of the features in this groovy little email app are pretty self-explanatory. However, if you need any help, feel free to drop a note below or post your question in our groovyPost community!



  1. Daniel

    Will windows live 2011 replace outlook?

    • MrGroove

      Hi Daniel, Outlook Express yes however not Outlook from the MS Office Suite. That being said, it all depends what you are using MS Office Outlook for. In some cases the new Windows Live Mail is pretty good and for home users can probably replace Outlook if you want a thin simple client.

  2. Robert Petrone


    I currently use Outlook 2007 for dealing with my e-mails.

    I just opened up a second e-mail account “rp944” and use “Windows Live Mail” to send and receive my messages.

    I read that I could use the “Outlook Connector” to add my rp944 account to Outlook 2007.

    I followed the instructions and a new group appeared “” in Outlook 2007.

    Here is my problem.

    From the rp944 group (in Outlook 2007)…. I can send e-mails without a problem, But I can’t receive them. If I send a message TO my rp944 account the “inbox” in Outlook 2007 does not respond… It shows NOTHING. The only way to retreve the message sent to rp944 is to open Windows Live Mail and get it there….

    How do I set the rp944 account in Outlook 2007 to both send and receive?


  3. AQM

    How can I can replace Windows Live Mail for Outlook today?

    • MrGroove

      Unfortunately you will need to go buy Outlook… Unlike Windows Live Mail, Outlook is not free.

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  5. Roger

    How can I transfer my address book from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail?

  6. Rose Mary Johnson

    We had outlook when we got the CTB-Locker virus & everything was locked up. We now have a updated HP computer BUT lost my addresses. Is there anyway to get them restored with Windows Live.
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