Email Client Options for Windows

by Sam C. Chan

Last Updated: February 1, 2014

 

Entities Involved & Compatibility Concerns

Hosting Provider + Server + Email Client + OS Platform

 

Protocols Involved:

SMTP, POP3, APOP, IMAP, TLS, MIME, EAS

 

Evolution of Microsoft Web-based eMail Services
startup
HoTMaiL
1996
-->
1997
hotmail.com
aka mail.msn.com
by Microsoft
-->
2005
live.com
by Microsoft
-->
2013
outlook.com
by Microsoft
Chief rivals include: Yahoo Mail, Gmail, web.de, AOL Mail

   

Evolution of Windows O.S. Bundled/Free eMail Clients
Outlook Express 5 bundled w/ XP IE5
Outlook Express 6 bundled w/ XP IE6
Windows Mail bundled w/ Vista
Windows Live Mail version 12 wave 2 free download for W7
Windows Live Mail 2009 version 13wave 3
Windows Live Mail 2011 version 14 wave 4
Windows Live Mail 2012 version 15 wave 5 free download for W7/8
Windows Essentials 2012
v16.4.3508.0205 May 14, 2013

 

Microsoft Outlook (paid, the rest below are all free)

Outlook Express

Windows Mail (Winmail)

Windows Live Mail

Mail (modern/"Metro" app)

Mozilla Thunderbird

Webmail (various flavors)

Microsoft Exchange Server