Microsoft details forthcoming Hotmail update

By on May 18, 2010, 1:33 PM
In a blog post yesterday, Microsoft announced it would "reinvent" Windows Live Hotmail in a future update. The refresh comes after Redmond studied email usage for a year and it should arrive sometime in the next few weeks, bringing features to discard "graymail," as well as new functions to manage things like documents, photos, videos, shipping and social updates, and more.

"Graymail" is legitimate mail that you may have opted into but no longer want junk mail, if you will, such as newsletters, promotional messages and so on. The revamped Hotmail allows you to clear your inbox of such mail by deleting it or moving it to folders for future reading. The feature also lets you sweep incoming messages automatically to discard graymail.


The new Hotmail is also integrated with Office Web Apps, allowing you to easily store documents and photos on your Microsoft SkyDrive, as well as edit documents directly in your inbox. You can also watch Hulu or YouTube clips in the inbox, and photos can be viewed in a slideshow (with Silverlight installed). Other new features or changes to existing ones include full-session SSL, multiple email accounts, subfolders and more.




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HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

Interesting, though unfortunately, and i'm sure many like me have moved onto gmail and have not looked back. I did so more than 4-5 years ago when gmail first surfaced and never looked back...

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

hamsteyr said:

Interesting, though unfortunately, and i'm sure many like me have moved onto gmail and have not looked back. I did so more than 4-5 years ago when gmail first surfaced and never looked back...

LOL, after I read this I realized I used to have a hotmail account too. Probably deactivated.

Guest said:

nice to hear, but way to late, like those above me switched to gmail since first week it was available. now perfectly integrated into my android phone. unless MS sends a hot chick and give me updates in person, i really dont know why i should look back.

Guest said:

Unless they want to enable IMAP, I'll still be laughing at them.

aaron86 said:

Wow, after reading the comments above me I feel like the last person on earth who uses Hotmail. Actually, I like to maintain a hotmail and a gmail account. If they find a good way to integrate hotmail with Office docs and Skydrive, then I think they will have a winner.

When do these changes take effect? Because as of right now I don't think I notice anything different.

Guest said:

Im a GMail user and as some people said above Ive never looked back.... But this video of Hotmail's new features.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHVQD6Sddtg Well Im sold... I can't even believe that Im saying this but if they're gonna do what they advertise there is a huge chance that I'll switch...

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Maybe if they enable IMAP/Pop3 and SMTP, i'll make the switch back to hotmail (i don't remember this being possible back when I used it). But until that time, no thanks. I likes my gmail very much.

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