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Microsoft To Give Hotmail A Makeover

 1:35 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

Microsoft To Give Hotmail A Makeover [news.bbc.co.uk]
Microsoft is refreshing its free e-mail service Hotmail in an attempt to give it an edge over rival offerings from Yahoo and Google.

The update will mean documents sent via Hotmail can be viewed and edited via web versions of its Office software.

Other changes are designed to improve security by filtering spam and spotting phishing attacks.



 1:40 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

This is long overdue, hotmail has needed this for about 10 years!

Even though i've somehow gone back to an e-mail client over webmail AGAIN.


 1:54 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

There is a drastic improvement needed in 'Windows Live for Custom Domains', which competes with Google apps as a provider of free/paid email for domains. I hope they provide POP3/IMAP with free accounts as well as spam filters that are effective but not as draconian as the present filters.


 2:27 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

IMAP for sure! More mail servers need to start supporting IMAP! Your mail client should be learning spam and sorting it out.


 3:41 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

Too little and too late. From historical prescriptive, the brand "hotmail" has a negative stigma: it just doesn't have the resume/CV quality email. Every-time I see a hotmail address in a resume I am amused.

But from a features perspective, hotmail hasn't evolved in 10 years maybe. The only change was the graphic design, but that was botched too.

Their statistics of having the most users are bogus. I still have my hotmail, but it is a living-dead account, and I suspect the majority are. As for the number of messages handled, I have only one word: spam.


 4:13 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

I dunno, Hugene...looking at the email addresses in my larger db, they beat out google and yahoo.

I've had a hotmail account for over 10 years. I used it when I didn't want to give out my "real" email. Slowly, it has become a useful secondary account for me, mostly for e-commerce.

The spam filtering used to be awful, but in the last 12 months it has gotten better.


 4:34 pm on May 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

@J_Rad, thinking about doing the same thing myself.


 5:47 am on May 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have not had much problem with Hotmail spam filtering except for false positives when you are expecting an email from an automated system such as a support ticket or password reminder.


 1:15 pm on May 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

I use hotmail as my main personal correspondence email. I've had that account for 10+ years and - notwithstanding a bit of downtime last year - it's been reliable.

If you care about the hotmail domain being untrendy, then your priorities are askew.

Their spam filter is the best of any I have ever used. I get more spam leaking into every one of my other accounts, even though my hotmail is the one I use most often at forums, mailing lists, contests, raffles, etc.


 4:09 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

This thread inspired me to go and clean out my old hotmail inbox. There does seem to be a lot less spam than the last time I went and deleted six months of unread email.

Logging into hotmail after spending so much time in gmail is weird. Its like stepping back in time. You don't really notice the impact of all the little conveniences in gmail until they're not there. Hotmail just seems so clunky.


 6:54 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

You'll have to wait until later this summer before MS rolls out these changes to Hotmail. The current setup is admittedly clunky.

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