Windows Live Mail: Spell Check As You Type

If there is one feature that would make me switch to Windows Live Mail, this would be it. Spell Check As You Type! I admit I am very bad in spelling. I always liked how Word would underline my mistakes with the red squiggles. Now Windows Live Mail (the name Hotmail is cooler IMHO) team claim to have done it without having to install anything.

Pretty cool. They even have a cool video showing it off. They also claim Windows Live Mail to be the first web mail service to have pulled it off. I don’t know about web mail service but Emil has a PHP version of such a spellchecker for quite some time.

Anyway I can not wait to get a invite to the Windows Live Mail beta to try it out. Hey Scoble can you get me an invite?

Vasanth Dharmaraj is a Java Architect currently working for Western Union living in the Bay Area. He is interested in programming, gadgets, formula one... You can follow him on Twitter.

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8 comments on “Windows Live Mail: Spell Check As You Type
  1. Prathiraj says:

    I’ve been using Windows Live mail for quite sometime and I love the latest release which comes with a load of features. Apart from the spell cheker, keyboard shortcuts is also one of my favourites and not to mention the adjustable panes. Wish you to get an invite soon. [It's a massive move and team Live mail is putting in loads of hours making it possible]. For timely updates keep checking Imran Qureshi’s blog at

  2. Vasanth says:

    Thanks for the tip. I will watch the blog.

  3. Vasanth,

    I am sure you must have tried to sign-up at the following location. If not, then please do.

    That’s how I got to use it. However, I happened to read somewhere that currently it was open to users in the US, not sure if the news is authentic. Anyways, give it a try!!!

    - Suresh.

  4. Vasanth says:


    I have already registered at I am not sure I gave my location when I registered. Anyway I will wait.

  5. brian says:

    This has not been done before on the web, given the fact that this particular implementation is a rich-text editor (the speller marks up words with different/odd formatting)

  6. Vasanth says:


    You might be right. Spell Check As You Type is a cool feature for a webmail even if it is implemented before. :-)

  7. szaharin says:

    I need an invitation to Live mail beta

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