Sound like you like to Whine and Cry, You could use Thunderbird as a mail client Since I use OFFICE 2007 I have Outlook as my mail client. You can do the same if you want to. Instead of moaning a groaning, help make the program better. It sounds as if you are full of envy for that those that can do. I once worked for an individual who said he did not mind the bitching about something just at the same time offer a better solution to the problem you were whining and crying about.If Microsoft in its almighty wisdom cannot provide me with local email- by far the most important aspect of computer usage to me, then I'm outta here. Back to Vista for now. Windows live is one of the most intrusive, awkward, inadequate sets of privacy-robbing programs I've seen. Live mail lacks the most basic archive-management features and I DON"T WANT MICROSOFT SERVERS HOLDING MY EMAIL ARCHIVES!! I lost years of important email archives for my business and much valuable contact/networking info by "upgrading" to windows 7. Windows Mail in Vista was just fine, why can I not at least have the option? God, I hate this company. Arrogant bastards. Buying MSFT puts Monday- Then will buy a Mac using the proceeds. Looking forward to a sledgehammer party for this, my last PC.