I’ve been a Hotmail user for quite a long time already, long time before I started working at Microsoft. I always found it easy to have this email address that was not linked to your internet provider (remember de ‘free’ dial-up services etc) and later on it became even easier when I got to use Messenger.
Now when thinking about Hotmail about 3 years ago that wasn’t all that good anymore. With the coming of Gmail it became more clear than ever that Hotmail needed work…. and a lot of it. The old interface, advertising, 25MB storage vs Gmail’s 1GB,…
But today we are 3 years further down the line, Gmail has close to 3GB of inbox (and you can buy more if you want) en is still in beta and Hotmail has been renewed completely. The backend, the interface it’s all new. Drag&drop, rightclick, … are only few of the new things and this week they announced some other new updates and some pretty cool ones as well:
- More storage: Hotmail users will get 5GB of inbox for free and 10GB for the paying Hotmail Plus accounts
- Contacts de-duplication: This will run each time you try to add a contact but there’s also a wizzard to clean up your existing contacts
- Forwarding messages: You can forward your account to another Hotmail account if you have more accounts and want to handle things easily, this also works to non-Hotmail accounts if you’re a Hotmail Plus user
- OOF: Hotmail now as an Out of Office as well, to your contacts only if you wish
- Turn of the today page: I want to go straight to my inbox so I like that one as well
Remember as well that Hotmail is available on mobile as well for quite a long time (http://mobile.live.com) , and that there’s a desktop client in which you can sync all your Hotmail and other webmail accounts as well, called Windows Live Mail. I use the desktop client and mobile version quite a lot myself.
If you only remember Hotmail from ‘back in the days’ then I think you should check it out again: http://mail.live.com
And yes, for the xxth time, I work for Microsoft.