Microsoft launches new Hotmail features for all users

Microsoft has been promoting the fact that it will be adding a number of new features for its Hotmail web-based email service since October. This week, a number of new features and improvements are now live for all Hotmail users. As revealed on Microsoft's Windows Live blog, many of the new features are the same as the ones that Microsoft went over a couple of months ago.

They include allowing users to pin "flags" on emails that will stay on top of their inbox list even when they receive new emails. Another new feature allows Hotmail to detect which emails are newsletters and then "sweep" them into a separate folder. If a person wants to stop getting a newsletter they can use the “Unsubscribe” feature which will let Hotmail send an automatic message to the newsletter's server asking to be removed from their mailing list. Hotmail users also now have Schedule Cleanup, which gives users more freedom to determine when certain emails are deleted (as shown above).

The new version of Hotmail also handles photos in a different way. As the blog explains, "Hotmail gives you a beautiful photo album every time you send photos, and with our new release, you get to see that album as you compose your mail. You can even edit the title of your album right inline and add and remove photos before sending."

You can also send files directly to your Microsoft Skydrive account via Hotmail. It can even detect if you meant to put an attachment to an email but simply forgot about it. There's also a new and easier way to create and manage email folders. Finally there's a new version of the Hotmail client for Android-based devices.

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I think maybe Hotmail should asses exactly how much money they make off of the ads, and act accordingly. I'm guessing they have already done that assesment, and the ads will stay. Just a suggestion though to differentiate from other services. Dump the ads. I use Outlook with the Hotmail Connector. Love it. Can't do my mail any other way. Stuck in my ways. Love the folder sync across all devices, particularly the phone.

Does Live MAil Provide 2 step verification..As Gmail Does..?????????

And u cant add Bday to Live calender from FB as u can do it in gmail......

Genocide121 said,
Does Live MAil Provide 2 step verification..As Gmail Does..?????????

And u cant add Bday to Live calender from FB as u can do it in gmail......

Actually, both features you mentioned are available on Windows Live.

A lot of people complain about the ads in hotmail, compared to the clean look of GMail.

I have both, but with hotmail I use google chrome with adblocker. Much cleaner and faster. Bye Bye Gmail as they dont allow sharing of calendars properly so more than one person can add/edit.

i have yahoo hotmail and gmail and gmail is not an email service... Its a place where all the junks are gathered. Yahoo is similar to gmail but lately i get less junk from them and hotmail never gives me junk. I just dont understand how gmail protects people.

Dusco25 said,
anyone that uses hotmail should be smacked

Why?

I have been using Hotmail for years, I don't see anything wrong with it. Now it has unlimited storage, I get fewer spam (and those spam falls in Junk folder), and Hotmail doesn't scan my e-mail just to display ads.

Dusco25 said,
anyone that uses hotmail should be smacked

I used Gmail for several years. Ditched Hotmail for it when it went public. Worked well. Then I started getting tons and tons of spam. No matter how many times I'd marked messages as spam or not spam, it would always do just the opposite. So I switched back. And I'm EXTREMELY glad I did.

Dusco25 said,
anyone that uses hotmail should be smacked

I used Gmail for 5 years, and actually went back to Windows Live Hotmail. Gmail used to play nice with other browsers, but nowadays I feel like it works well only on Google Chrome (which is slower than Opera or IE9 for my computer). Hotmail web interface is also far more fluid and the organization makes sense. Sure I'll miss the IMAP support and Google Calendar, but Gmail isn't as good as it used to.

Dusco25 said,
anyone that uses hotmail should be smacked

I like Hotmail... it's functional, has tight integration with SkyDrive and Office Web Apps, and works nicely over all of my devices. Plus, it doesn't feel the need to read my mail, which is more than some services can say...

farmeunit said,

Because everyone has Exchange or wants to pay for email . . . /s

Where have you been? Hotmail's Exchange ActiveSync service has been available for free on mobile devices for quite some time now. So it doesn't work in Outlook on the computer without a plugin. I use the Windows Live Mail client. Works just fine for me.

Anthony S said,

Where have you been? Hotmail's Exchange ActiveSync service has been available for free on mobile devices for quite some time now. So it doesn't work in Outlook on the computer without a plugin. I use the Windows Live Mail client. Works just fine for me.

noob, there are more operating systems in this world than Windows. Also EAS != Exchange. Hotmail has no MAPI or IMAP which makes it fairly useless on the desktop. The Web UI while nice is still a little clunky. It has POP but the uses for POP are a lot smaller than IMAP.

FWIW EAS is not supported on all mobile devices.

paulbeattie87 said,

noob, there are more operating systems in this world than Windows. Also EAS != Exchange. Hotmail has no MAPI or IMAP which makes it fairly useless on the desktop. The Web UI while nice is still a little clunky. It has POP but the uses for POP are a lot smaller than IMAP.

FWIW EAS is not supported on all mobile devices.

As expected, completely disagree with your statement. EAS is actually more useful than IMAP. Don't have to believe me, but this LifeHacker article might enlighten you a bit: http://bit.ly/GmailEAS

As for it not being supported on all mobile devices, well, you're right. It's only supported by iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, WP7, and Android (there's an official Hotmail app for Android if you're interested in a better experience than the native mail client). So yeah, EAS is not supported on all mobile devices.

I still have my live.com) e-mail, as with my gmail. I just have all my @live.com e-mails push to my gmail account. Gmails new UI is nice and clean (I use the white theme) hotmails is the same old same old. using old web standards just fancy graphics

CMG_90 said,
I still have my live.com) e-mail, as with my gmail. I just have all my @live.com e-mails push to my gmail account. Gmails new UI is nice and clean (I use the white theme) hotmails is the same old same old. using old web standards just fancy graphics

It is not official news, however, I am getting hints at a new metro style design for hotmail. So if these little hints become nice rumors and then to truths then I think the Hotmail UI would be more appealing. Right now, however, I am using the dynamic field design for hotmail and I simply love it.

I have always been a fan of hotmail and I am so used to it being like an actual application with keyboard shortcuts and what not that I can not use any other emailing system other than hotmail.

itylernallen said,

It is not official news, however, I am getting hints at a new metro style design for hotmail. So if these little hints become nice rumors and then to truths then I think the Hotmail UI would be more appealing. Right now, however, I am using the dynamic field design for hotmail and I simply love it.

I have always been a fan of hotmail and I am so used to it being like an actual application with keyboard shortcuts and what not that I can not use any other emailing system other than hotmail.

I hope you're right...I use hotmail even though I have Gmail. Hotmail seriously need some good new theme. Metro sounds good!

warwagon said,
whats does flem and a hotmail account have in common?

they both get hacked!


I dunno, I seem to get a lot less junk mail from Hotmail accounts than Yahoo and Gmail...

M_Lyons10 said,

I dunno, I seem to get a lot less junk mail from Hotmail accounts than Yahoo and Gmail...

by hacked i dont mean junk mail!

warwagon said,

by hacked i dont mean junk mail!

Generally hacked users are where the junk mail is originating from, hence his statement holds true.

I really don't see how it makes any logical sense to bash one service over another because more people using that service have been hacked, when that's usually down to popularity of the service.

M_Lyons10 said,

I dunno, I seem to get a lot less junk mail from Hotmail accounts than Yahoo and Gmail...

I'm the opposite. I get a lot more from Hotmail than I do Gmail. AOL is where I have my spam account since I get so much there already.

warwagon said,
whats does flem and a hotmail account have in common?

they both get hacked!

How do they get hacked? Is it because of easy to crack passwords or because Hotmail is any easier to crack than other services? I seem to get an equal amount of obviously cracked mail from yahoo, aol, and hotmail. Is it possible that a lot of these accounts were in existence long before Gmail existed and used easy to crack passwords? Can one of our techies in here explain exactly how an account gets cracked?

M_Lyons10 said,

I dunno, I seem to get a lot less junk mail from Hotmail accounts than Yahoo and Gmail...

Personally for you, it may be so. But according to researches, Yahoo gets the least amount of spam.

jimmyfal said,

How do they get hacked? Is it because of easy to crack passwords or because Hotmail is any easier to crack than other services? I seem to get an equal amount of obviously cracked mail from yahoo, aol, and hotmail. Is it possible that a lot of these accounts were in existence long before Gmail existed and used easy to crack passwords? Can one of our techies in here explain exactly how an account gets cracked?

Galileo from the Hotmail team here. Glad to see some smart discussion around Hotmail "myths". Jimmyfal is pretty much spot on. Hotmail is the oldest, free email service on the Web - and the largest at over 350 million users. If you think about the fact that Hotmail is 15 years old, back in 1996 we didn't have the Internet we do today, especially the security threats presently existent. So back then most users did have pretty simple passwords, you're typical "1234" which we banned some time ago. But a user base this large combined with tons of users who don't have secure passwords with secondary and tertiary account proofs leads to easily hackable accounts. Contrast that to Gmail, which launched in 2004, and initially attracted tech enthusiasts like ourselves, and you're looking at a completely different demographic of user bases. Now that Gmail has penetrated the "masses" you can bet their seeing the same type of account issues. Maybe in not so large a scale given that their user base is much smaller than Hotmail's and Yahoo's, but they're seeing it nonetheless.

TeamHotmail said,

Galileo from the Hotmail team here. Glad to see some smart discussion around Hotmail "myths". Jimmyfal is pretty much spot on. Hotmail is the oldest, free email service on the Web - and the largest at over 350 million users. If you think about the fact that Hotmail is 15 years old, back in 1996 we didn't have the Internet we do today, especially the security threats presently existent. So back then most users did have pretty simple passwords, you're typical "1234" which we banned some time ago. But a user base this large combined with tons of users who don't have secure passwords with secondary and tertiary account proofs leads to easily hackable accounts. Contrast that to Gmail, which launched in 2004, and initially attracted tech enthusiasts like ourselves, and you're looking at a completely different demographic of user bases. Now that Gmail has penetrated the "masses" you can bet their seeing the same type of account issues. Maybe in not so large a scale given that their user base is much smaller than Hotmail's and Yahoo's, but they're seeing it nonetheless.

Gmail can be futher Reinforced by using Google 2 step authenticator
dunno about Hotmail. didn't use it for some times

Ci7 said,

Gmail can be futher Reinforced by using Google 2 step authenticator
dunno about Hotmail. didn't use it for some times

I think it was originally MS Live's idea.