Microsoft killing off Windows Live Mail 2012


Microsoft continues to do all it can in order to push users towards Windows 10.

The latest move is the ‘killing off’ of Windows Live Mail 2012, which will be replaced with the less popular default Mail app provided by Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

It appears that the app’s fate is sealed after a Microsoft blog post issued a stark warning to WLM users: “…you will not be able to send or receive email from Windows Live Mail 2012 after your account is upgraded. This means the time has come for you to upgrade to a new email application.”

This latest snippet of news comes as Microsoft continues to upgrade millions of accounts using new protocols and Office 365 based infrastructure.

The problem for Windows Live Mail 2012 is that it simply doesn’t support this infrastructure and even if the program could be updated it appears that Microsoft has no plans to do so unless there is a staggering about turn.

Windows Live Mail 2012

Although strictly speaking there is no deadline in place, Microsoft continued: “If you use Windows Live Mail 2012 today, you need to switch to the Mail app on Windows or start using via a web browser before your account is upgraded. Upgrades for these accounts will start June 30, 2016 so it’s important to take action before this date.”

It is hoped that even if you miss the 30 June deadline, your emails wills still be accessible via so the consequences may not be too dire.

However, if you use Windows Live Mail 2012, you will need to find a new method of sending and receiving emails as well as a new method to synchronise your calendar so it might be an idea to put plans in place now.

Source: Microsoft



  1. greenie95125 . on

    This is VERY disturbing. The integrated windows app is NOTHING compared to Live 2012. Since I don’t use any MS mail, I suppose that all that affects me is with my calendar. That’s what got me to this page in the first place… my calendar isn’t working on live. No biggie, I’ll just access it with my web browser and my iPad. I used to hate apple products, but the way MS is going, my next laptop may be a MAC. 😉 God I hate when they keep changing things for the sake of change, or because it makes their life easier!

  2. James A. Tyrrell on

    I don’t use, I use so will my Live 2012 still work okay? If not it will be a good excuse to switch over to Apple as I’m bloody sick of the problems with Windows and Microsoft.