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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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The Inbox: Getting and Reading Email Messages

Some people like to think of email as a return to the days of belles lettres and billets-doux (these people tend to be a bit pretentious). Yes, it’s true that email has people writing again, but this isn’t like the letter writing of old. The major difference is that the turnaround time for email is usually much quicker. Instead of waiting weeks or even months to get a return letter, a return email might take as little as a few minutes or a few hours.

So if you send a message with a question or comment, chances are you will get a reply before too long. Any messages sent to your email address are stored in your account at your ISP. Your job is to use Windows Live Mail to access your account and grab ...

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