A friend writes me:
I'm writing this with Windows Live Mail Beta. I'm trying to figure out how this is better than the old Hotmail interface, and how Microsoft is going to reconquer the Web with their Live initiatives. I think I'll be wondering for quite a while.
There's nothing here that is new, innovative, or even better. And some parts just plain don't work right (like the address list). Yes, it's beta, but so is Google Mail, and GMail is a dream compared to Windows Live Mail.
And he's a techie.
My wife uses Hotmail, and occasional gets email from Microsoft about 'exciting new changes' -- which she erases without reading, because she just wants to read and send email.
Her biggest frustration is when Internet Explorer fails to fully load Hotmail pages. "Now why isn't this working?" I hear her mumbling...
In the meantime, I keep using Eudora, which is unencumbered by upgrades.