Not sure if this is the right forum, but unable to find one more relevant.
I have run in to a problem whilst searching for an email client for Win 8.
Neither Outlook Express nor Windows Mail is available, and webmail is not wanted. I took a look at Windows Live Mail, but was put off by the statement that my mail stays on their server until I delete it, thus creating unnecessary work – plus there is the suspicion that it doesn’t even download to my PC – in which case it’s no more than webmail. Where the name ‘live’ comes from is a mystery. Deciding to look into this, the requirement to open a MS account appeared, at which point I logged off.
Further searching failed to produce a viable alternative, so I returned to Live Mail to take another look. A big mistake!
Not only did I have to install .Net 3.5, but Live Mail is lumped in with four other junk products as Windows Essentials. Despite clicking ‘choose which to install’ and selecting only Mail all five installed. I have been able to remove Live Messenger, but it seems the others can only deleted with the whole of WE. But prior to this I began reading about the MS account when disaster struck. I thought I was scrolling down to the next part of the terms, but must have caught the AGREE link, because it started downloading, or perhaps MS is so desperate for custom that it ignores one’s choices, as with the download of all of WE.
Of course I can uninstall Live Mail along with the rest of WE, but how to get rid of the MS account once it has been opened, and so stop them spying on me and selling my email to anyone willing to pay. Both MS and Google are striving to dominate the internet, and can not be trusted.