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 Outlook.com 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.
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 Outlook.com via a web browser before your Outlook.com 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 Outlook.com 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.