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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15 Comments

Ayepecks said,
Still needs a redesign.

How would one redesign an inbox

Has folders on theleft and emails on the right... dont know how it can be any better

It's kind of ugly to me. I wouldn't mind a re-design or at least some way to theme it more than the top banner. I like how GMail looks anyway.

brent3000 said,

How would one redesign an inbox

Has folders on theleft and emails on the right... dont know how it can be any better


Are you joking? Hotmail has been redesign before. By your logic, there is no other design to be used. Gmail, Yahoo! and Hotmail all look identical. No differences. You also can't change any of the graphical elements, because it can't be done any better.

I just don't even remotely comprehend your comment.

KSib said,
It's kind of ugly to me. I wouldn't mind a re-design or at least some way to theme it more than the top banner. I like how GMail looks anyway.

ditto... I like gmail's design.

Ayepecks said,

Are you joking? Hotmail has been redesign before. By your logic, there is no other design to be used. Gmail, Yahoo! and Hotmail all look identical. No differences. You also can't change any of the graphical elements, because it can't be done any better.

I just don't even remotely comprehend your comment.

Actually it can.

KSib said,
It's kind of ugly to me. I wouldn't mind a re-design or at least some way to theme it more than the top banner. I like how GMail looks anyway.

Am I the only one who really, REALLY likes the look and feel of AOL's Project Phoenix?

MistaT40 said,
Hotmail keeps putting new features all the time - I like.

Me too. And useful features at that. Not stuff that they've added just for the sake of doing "something", which annoys me. lol

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.

Some "newsletters" are actually spam and if you reply, you are just confirming that your address exists and you will recieve even more spam.

I like the category feature.

htcz said,

Some "newsletters" are actually spam and if you reply, you are just confirming that your address exists and you will recieve even more spam.

I like the category feature.


They'd hardly need me replying to figure that out.
If you send a mail and the specified user/account doesn't exist at the specified server it would in most cases return an error to the sending server saying that the user doesn't exist.
The server you where sending your mail from would then in most cases deliver an email to your inbox telling you that the mail could not be delivered and often why it couldn't.

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