Improved Hotmail Launched!
After an 11 year ugly phase, Microsoft’s Hotmail has blossomed into
a Web 2.0 service. Microsoft’s re-launch earlier this week sees MSN
Hotmail being transformed into Windows Live Hotmail. Microsoft called
the re-launch of its free email service “the most significant upgrade”
since its commencement in 1996.
The new web client now more closely emulates its software cousin
Outlook, with drag and drop capabilities, preview pane customisation
and auto complete addressing. It also boasts Windows Live Messenger and
a more robust spam blocker. The services capacity has also been
increased to a very useful 2GB of email storage. A paid version is also
available with 4GB of space available.
Hotmail’s much needed makeover puts it in line with email services
provided by the competitors Google and Yahoo. Current Hotmail users
must upgrade their accounts before they can use the new service.
Hotmail also makes provision for transferring saved information and
contacts into the new interface.
"’After being in beta for so long, MSN’s new hotmail is pretty slick, and bug free."