Windows Live Mail & Windows 8 needs updating!

Windows Live Mail & Windows 8 needs updating!

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Hello again,

I hope your New Year’s Resolutions are still intact!  My healthy eating one is going quite well so far but Mini Eggs are back on the shelf just to taunt me!!!

Couple of topics to cover this month.

Firstly, Windows Live Mail.

Microsoft have announced that their standalone email app requires an update to continue its compatibility with @outlook, @live, @msn and @hotmail email accounts.  If you do not install this update you will basically have to go online and use the web based version at www.outlook.com.  I think due to the programs age now it will eventually stop being supported in favour of the new Windows Mail App, the web based version and the Microsoft Office – Outlook program.

Secondly, users on Windows 8, that is 8 not 8.1.  Soon Microsoft will not be supporting your version of Windows, might sound odd but basically to continue to receive updates to Windows you need to have installed the 8.1 update.  If you do not, then you will soon no longer receive system updates to resolve performance and stability issues and most importantly security vulnerabilities.  You can check what version of Windows you are running by Right Clicking on your Start Menu and from the list that appears select System.  The System Information page will tell you the version of Windows you are currently running.  If it is Windows 8 and not 8.1 you need to update it.  The Windows 8.1 update is found in the Windows Store App (found via your Start Menu, Green Icon with a shopping bag and the Windows log on it).

In my opinion if you are running Windows 7 or 8 you should consider updating to Windows 10.  It really is very good, there have been a few issues but there always are and there have been few less than I thought and the update is very straight forward.  Most programs are compatible with Windows 10 but do check devices like webcams, printers and scanners prior to updating.

As always if you have any queries please get in touch, have a great February.  Ian.