I'm moving on to Win 7 but can not use Outloook Express, and am offerred Win Live as option. Seems to me that this effectively puts my address book directly into a webmail account, whereas I prefer to retain it completely private on my own pc, as it was with OE, or with a new email client such as Mozilla Thunderbird.
To echo Sea Urchin - Windows Live Mail is an e-mail client like OE and Thunderbird. Your address book/contacts remain on your pc. If you you a web based e-mail program like Windows Live Hotmail then it will be on the web.
If you use Windows Live Mail (note not hotmail) your concerns are unfounded.
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