how does the WLM 2011 beta contact system / database work?

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Roland Schweiger, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Using WLM 2011 beta (Build 15.4.3002.0810) German version, on a 32-bit Win7
    Ultimate system.

    Everything works relatively fine but i am confused with the Windows
    Contacts.
    As i have a live mail account, i can synchronize my contacts on other
    computers.

    But how has this system changed from OutlookExpress over WindowsMail to WLM?
    And is there a major difference to OUTLOOK (2007 or 2010) contacts?

    I have noticed that compatibility to certain mobile phones is no longer
    given.

    Have a SonyEricsson w995 and SonyEricsson offers a sync software called "pc
    suite" which has compatibility to outlook, outlookExpress and WindowsMail,
    but will not recognize WLM 2011 for syncing contacts.

    I know that in this particular case it is a problem of SonyEricsson,
    but still i am confused with the number of times MS seems to change the
    storage format of contacts ....

    greetings

    Roland Schweiger
     
    Roland Schweiger, Sep 12, 2010
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  2. Roland Schweiger

    ...winston Guest

    Roland,
    Inline..

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    ....winston
    ms-mvp mail

    "Roland Schweiger" wrote in message
    Using WLM 2011 beta (Build 15.4.3002.0810) German version, on a 32-bit Win7
    Ultimate system.

    Everything works relatively fine but i am confused with the Windows
    Contacts.
    As i have a live mail account, i can synchronize my contacts on other
    computers.

    But how has this system changed from OutlookExpress over WindowsMail to WLM?
    - A lot
    * OE stored contacts in a wab file
    * Windows Mail in C:\Users\<windows name>\Contacts
    * WLM stores them in contacts database file(*.edb) and only accessible via WLM and WLMsgr

    And is there a major difference to OUTLOOK (2007 or 2010) contacts?
    * Outlook stores contacts in its *.pst file


    I have noticed that compatibility to certain mobile phones is no longer
    given.
    - Contact acces on a mobile phone is determined by the phone supporting Windows Live online contacts, not WLM.

    Have a SonyEricsson w995 and SonyEricsson offers a sync software called "pc
    suite" which has compatibility to outlook, outlookExpress and WindowsMail,
    but will not recognize WLM 2011 for syncing contacts.
    - because it can read wab, User\..\Contacts or a pst file but not *.edb

    I know that in this particular case it is a problem of SonyEricsson,
    but still i am confused with the number of times MS seems to change the
    storage format of contacts ....
    - as noted above, in this version and the foreseeable future..synchronization with phones is via the online contacts(contacts.live.com, not WLM)
     
    ...winston, Sep 12, 2010
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  3. "...winston"

    Thanks for the reply.
    Although i am not really afraid of "contact sniffing", i however don't
    really understand why i should upload all my contacts to some MS server,
    just to have them synched.
    Similar applies to photo mail but at least with photo mail i understand the
    minimization of data amounts.

    I use a live account but somehow i don't feel too good about it - it uploads
    all contacts + calendar details.
    Yes i know that it is all kind of encrypted but still it makes me wonder why
    is it so necessary to use windows live contacts ...
    but maybe i am just too sensitive :)

    Anyhow more, i hope that in foreseeable future the makers of software for
    mobile phones (like SonyEricsson) will be able to read .edb files (as i
    understand both calendar and contacts are in .ebd files) so that sync with
    such phones (that has worked for many years) will be possible in future.

    greetings

    Roland Schweiger
     
    Roland Schweiger, Sep 13, 2010
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