Hotmail's war on "graymail" continues

Microsoft announced a number of new Hotmail features a couple of months ago. Several of these new features are designed to fight what Microsoft calls "graymail" such as newsletters, daily deals and notifications from social networking services. Today, Microsoft posted up a new entry on its Windows Live blog site that gives an update on how Hotmail users have been using these features to fight off graymail.

According to Microsoft, 100 Million graymail actions have been performed by Hotmail users since November 1. That includes actions such as Sweep (deleting such emails quickly) Schedule Cleanup (which deletes email after a certain period of time) and categorizing (putting emails in different categories to be viewed later).

In addition, Microsoft says that 90 percent of all Sweep actions are simply to delete all email from a sender. Hotmail users are also using Sweep to automatically clean out an email folder 60 percent of the time,

Microsoft has launched a new video that gives more information on how Hotmail users can combat graymail from filling up their inbox. The company has also launched a new web site that offers even more information on how to delete and manage such emails with the Hotmail service.

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I could have sworn that "Graymail" was referring to Gmail, think all the recent fuss has made me a little dazzled.

Auroka said,
The only thing missing in the video is the giant ads to the right of the inbox.
Other then that, nice!

Better to have ads next to your inbox, than to have your inbox read to give you ads everywhere.

PS Don't like, ads, pay the tiny fee for Hotmail Plus...

Auroka said,
The only thing missing in the video is the giant ads to the right of the inbox.
Other then that, nice!

An alternative to a Plus subscription is to use Windows Live Mail to check your Hotmail account. its free and there is no ads.

Morden said,

get a plus subscription


True, but I have a Stylish script that deals with it.
I'm pretty sure that's looked down upon here though.

Auroka said,
The only thing missing in the video is the giant ads to the right of the inbox.
Other then that, nice!

for some reason I have none┬┐?

Auroka said,

True, but I have a Stylish script that deals with it.
I'm pretty sure that's looked down upon here though.

what i find really annoying is even if i got a Plus subscription i have to look at the ads in Messenger (okay i know there is a-patch, but ads should be automatically removed when you sign in with a Live ID with Plus subscription)

i don't look down on your script solution just find it easier to pay the minimal amount of quids for the subscription - the no-ads thingie is not the only one plus feature

GMail already have this, sad panda. I switched to GMail from Hotmail like 6 months ago, and I've never look back since then.

SubZenit said,
GMail already have this, sad panda. I switched to GMail from Hotmail like 6 months ago, and I've never look back since then.

Ohhh the irony, but google will look back, at all your searches, pages looked and even scan ure mails LOVELY!

SubZenit said,
GMail already have this, sad panda. I switched to GMail from Hotmail like 6 months ago, and I've never look back since then.

Funny story. I switched to Hotmail from Gmail like 3 months ago, after using Gmail since 2005.

SubZenit said,
GMail already have this, sad panda. I switched to GMail from Hotmail like 6 months ago, and I've never look back since then.

Hotmail have had this for quite a while now too

kavazovangel said,
Or, you can just, you know, not sign up for crap.

What!? How dare you suggest users take personal responsibility for the emails they sign up for! That might mean people have to blame themselves and not the companies that send it! That's just not right and is most certainly un-American! Ludicrous to suggest such a thing, sir. Good day!

Tweaky Nippleton said,

What!? How dare you suggest users take personal responsibility for the emails they sign up for! That might mean people have to blame themselves and not the companies that send it! That's just not right and is most certainly un-American! Ludicrous to suggest such a thing, sir. Good day!


ROFL!!! This post for the win. Definitely. LMAO!

kavazovangel said,
Or, you can just, you know, not sign up for crap.

So you advice me not to sign up for Amazon, payPal, eBay, newegg etc? Cltver. Never thought of that.

RealFduch said,

So you advice me not to sign up for Amazon, payPal, eBay, newegg etc? Cltver. Never thought of that.

You can select not to receive promotional and marketing emails when you create your account and can even change those settings afterwards too. So yes, you can control this by not signing up for nonessential emails. That goes for all the services you just listed.

Although there have been articles with Microsoft "attacking" other email services, I don't see that kind of content in this article...

Raa said,
It sounds like they're feeling the pinch, attacking everyone else...

What are you talking about? This article is about cleaning the inbox.

Winning Guy said,

What are you talking about? This article is about cleaning the inbox.

LOL, no one reads the articles nowadays and you should already know that.