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Hotmail Rolls Out New Features

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Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail or just Hotmail to most, has seen a number of improvements in recent memory. Most notably it got an updated look, and they made everything faster.

Now they are rolling out a number of new features, which if users aren’t seeing yet, they will be very soon. New features include:

- More room for messages
- Ever-growing storage
- Info at your fingertips
- More social
- A new way to get Hotmail on your phone
- More Themes

They have removed the banner ad that normally sits at the top of the screen, and have moved it to the side giving you more room for your messages. This combined with the new themes give users an opportunity to view their mail in a more pleasing-to-the-eye manner.

The ever-growing storage feature gives users an automatic 5GB of storage to start out with, but unlike other mail services that offer you tons of space from the get to, Hotmail’s will now simply grow as you need it. So basically, you still have unlimited space, it’s just not being wasted, because it’s not there until you need it.

By "info at your fingertips," Microsoft means that you can easily add local maps and directions, movie times, etc. to messages with the simple click of a button.

Hotmail Info Easily

They’ve added a social feature that allows users to open their "Today" page and see the latest stuff their friends have posted to their blogs, or to networks like Twitter, Flickr, etc.

Hotmail gets social

POP3 technology is available to Hotmail users in many countries free of charge. Before, mobile users could access their Hotmail accounts via mobile.live.com, but with POP3, it can make email checking easier by integrating Hotmail into the phone’s program.

The Hotmail Team is encouraging feedback on the new features, and hopes for some suggestions on how to further improve the service. I’d say the new features are a good start.

Hotmail Rolls Out New Features
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  • http://randomplaza.com/help.anonymous.php Brave Agent Pubeit

    I noticed they changed their CAPTCHA a bit to make it even more human-unreadable, though still not as bad as the gmail ones. I don’t know why they use that. Bots have cracked their CAPTCHAs many years ago. What would be nice for hotmail is a version that is low bandwidth, less javascript, and doesn’t get javascript bugs when not run using MSIE.

  • http://www.thelostagency.com david

    i hate using the online version on my laptop, it allows enough room for ants to read my email, ive been using the offline Hotmail Live program for some time.

    i just wished they followed gmail and didnt fill up my screen with ads and ads…

    will be interested to see if many people make use of the new features

  • Guest

    If you don’t like the ads, download Windows Live Mail. It works with free hotmail, free yahoo, free gmail in addition to your pop3 and imap email addresses.

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    It’s good to see that Hotmail is still looking to improve their service and unlike some of their previous ‘improvements’ these ones seem a lot better, especially removing the top banner and making more room for messages.

  • Mael

    I’m sorry, you actually think the advertisement being moved to the right is a good thing? You think it’s “pleasing-to-the-eye”? Are you joking? It has severely reduced the amount of space available to view the actual email now. It’s ridiculous! Anyone actually believing this is a better place to put the advertisement is a moron (or has an extremely wide screen with their browser actually maximized – who the hell has/does that?). Put it back at the top so I can actually read my email! Or, even better, give me the option to choose where it appears so that those who prefer it where it originally was can have it that way!

    • sam

      The banner ad on the right has severely reduced the amount of space available to view the actual email now. It’s ridiculous! Anyone actually believing this is a better place to put the advertisement is a moron (or has an extremely wide screen with their browser actually maximized – who the hell has/does that?). Put it back at the top so I can actually read my email! Or, even better, give me the option to choose where it appears so that those who prefer it where it originally was can have it that way!

  • Geof

    I came upon this website when I was looking for ways to remove the banner on the right! It’s a nightmare, I got it two days ago and it’s making my eye’s hurt. The quality of the adverts seems to have gone down pretty sharply, epilepsy inducing flashing and pictures of naked fat people asking me if I want to lose weight.

    This is a mistake, I hope Microsoft removes it soon or they’re going to lose a hell of a lot of custom

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      for the past 15 years and have not been in a single accident while on the cell phone or not. Blaming cell phone use for people not paying attention to the road is simply a scapegoat. Perhaps in addition to charging higher insurance to dangerous drivers they should also charge danger fees to encourage drivers to pay attention and be safe.

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    Well its a good news for hotmail users but there aren’t too many.Hotmail has to work very hard to get in people’s favourite list.You see how hard Yahoo and Google works to keep attracting people.

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    Microsoft is so commercial so we cant expect more changes. I think Gmail provides better email service than Hotmail.

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    That’s great, but does anyone even use hotmail anymore?

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