You may be wondering, what is “up-level” for the Windows Live Mail beta? For now “up-level” means IE 6 and 7.
I am now sitting here picturing the sparkle that has just come to the eye of all the Microsoft haters and conspiracy aficionados reading this. I’m picturing them clapping gleefully as they hop from foot to foot, pointing accusingly: “I knew it! You’re just trying to force us to use IE! This is just another glaring example of Microsoft forcing its software down our throats! You’re all evil footservants of the great lord of darkness, Bill Gates! [exceedingly long string of expletives removed for the sake of brevity, let’s just say that Lenny Bruce would have blushed]”
Yes, Sherlock, you caught us… red handed. That’s right Kojak, you nabbed us focusing our early development efforts on a single browser to speed initial development. Congratulations Barney Fife, you found us cutting a corner to get our latest product into the hands of customers as early as possible so our beta testers could help us mold the future of the application. We’re guilty of that age old sin of limiting the number of variables when approaching a difficult problem. You may now read us our rights.
Yes, Windows Live Mail beta has all the fancy features only available for IE 6 and 7, for now. Read what you like into that.
Oh, by the way… if you are using IE 6 on the beta and want to see what the other version looks like, check out Ellie’s space… she has the method for changing the URL so you’ll get the basic UI in IE 6 or 7.
Mike, I don’t want to hear that it’s impossible to clap and point at the same time. It’s called imagery, look into it you hack. :-p