New Hotmail features revealed

As expected, Microsoft announced today that it is adding some new features to its web-based email service Hotmail.

The official Windows Live blog site has more information on the new features, which include allowing users to select emails that will stay on top of their inbox list even when they receive new emails. Another new feature will allow 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 (shown above) which will let Hotmail send an automatic message to the newsletter's server asking to be removed from their mailing list.

Other new features that will be added to Hotmail include being able to view a number of different actions while moving a cursor over a Hotmail email messages such as delete, flag or sweep. Users can turn off this feature completely or customize it to add, remove or reorder buttons. Hotmail users will also have more freedom to determine when certain emails are deleted (shown above). Finally, they will be able to customize email folders into separate categories and place individual emails into these categories. If you want to filter  all emails that you consider to be work related into categories, you'll be able to do that with the Hotmail update when it goes live.

All of these new features should go live on Hotmail in the coming weeks, according to the blog site. Earlier in September, Microsoft revealed that it would be launching a new email storage system for Hotmail in the near future that should improve performance.

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