Windows 7 does not have an email client. It does not have the equivalent of a free email client like Outlook Express in earlier Windows versions or Windows Mail in Vista. Windows 7 has dropped not only email but some other applications as well. These are Windows Mail and Outlook Express, Photo Gallery, and Movie Maker. These have been dropped in the new operating system, and users are expected to download the equivalent package from the Microsoft Windows Live suite.
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Mail is a comfortable email program that lets you access IMAP, POP and Windows Live Hotmail accounts with verve and ambition to connect with Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Calendar, your blog and RSS news feeds, too. Windows Live Mail offers solid spam filters, fast search and a few ready-made search folders, but it could do better helping you organize and manage mail.
Additional Features of Windows Live
The Photo Gallery of Windows Live provides the means for the online photo editing, viewing, organizing, and sharing of your photographs with others. The edit functions let you stitch together a panorama if you have the component photos. The Writer gives you an online tool to create blog posts that may include photos, maps, and other rich content. You could add tags to make them easily searchable. You should be able to post the entries to most of the popular blog sites such as Windows Live, Wordpress, Blogger, Live Journal, and TypePad.
Family Safety gives you control over what sites and contacts are allowed or blocked for other users of your home computers. This allows parents to put parental controls on their family computers. Silverlight will add enhanced experience to slideshows and videos. This will also give you the power to experience enhanced media on sites that use this technology.
Other than the hassle of downloading the stuff and a slight irritation of not finding what you expected to be readily available, Windows 7 requiring the use of online email services may not be such a bad deal. If you do have a broadband connection, then having the mail services, office productivity tools, and the other enhancements online could just be quite convenient. One major hassle is taken away: you do not need to worry about proper back-up, which would have to be taken care of by you. Even if your machine goes down, nothing would happen to your documents and mail.
Mozilla Thunderbird is a fully featured, secure and very functional email client and RSS feed reader. It lets you handle mail efficiently and with style, and Mozilla Thunderbird filters away junk mail too.
The Opera email client is a slick and flexible interface that will satisfy almost all your email needs, and Opera integrates RSS feeds in this experience as well. Some may find the message editor lacking a bit in power, and the absence of support for encrypted email is unfortunate.
Pegasus Mail is one of the most powerful, secure and generally best email programs available for Windows, but the interface could need some polishing to make its features more accessible.
IncrediMail is a fun and easy to use email client that adds spice to the messages you send while protecting you from spam, phishing and fraud attempts in a convenient manner. Unfortunately, IncrediMail lacks some productivity features if you have to deal with large amounts of mail.
Mulberry is a powerful and incredibly versatile email client available for all the popular platforms. If there is something Mulberry lacks, it is simplicity.
Eudora is a classic, powerful, flexible and efficient email client that cans spam precisely, too, and shows nary a weakness. Leveraging the statistical spam filter to organize good mail would be nice, though.
Sylpheed is a surprisingly versatile email client. 'Surprisingly' because it has a friendly, easy to use interface to its many useful features.