Divorcing "Windows Live Mail"

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    I am looking for an EXPERT in Israel who can help me extract many years of email data (messages and contacts) from “Windows Live Mail” on my Windows 7 so I can switch to a serious, reliable new email client (open to suggestions). I would normally do it myself, but my messages and contacts seem to be scattered around many folders, and I am not conversant with, for instance, merging contacts.edb files.

    I set up WLM on my new Windows 7 way-back-when by importing from OE on XP, so a certain amount of confusion entered the system at the start. Then there were updates, and also there is the matter of “Windows Live Mail” databases vs. “Live ID” databases (I never used any Live services/functions, but my WLM connected automatically to Live ID upon opening, and now that I turned it off, I see I am missing a lot of contacts). Since Windows seems to have cut off all support for all “Windows Live” apps, I feel this major cleanup/transfer task is probably beyond my abilities. Things started getting screwed up this week with the new MS login system (my WLM was negatively affected), and now I see support for all things “Live” is now discontinued. I’m running into problems now logging into/out of LiveID which has become necessary to both see all my contacts AND to have my WLM working. So my first request is to find a competent local professional well-versed specifically in “Windows Live Mail” and “IDLive” and merging their message and contacts databases on Windows 7.

    At the same time, I would be happy to receive input from Petri People regarding recommendations for an email client. I would be happy to have my email system totally separated from the internet (apart from the PC desktop app downloading emails from the local server, of course), although perhaps I will change my mind on this in the future. I do not use any clouds, web-based email, social networking, gmail, etc. and try to keep away from google and MS-online wherever possible. I very much liked OE, and WLM less so, although it was the closest thing I found to OE. Was thinking of Outlook (which I have on my system but never used). I have one desktop PC used only by myself.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    Janet in Jerusalem
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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