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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hotmail is being revamped, less advertisements, POP 3, more space and more!


From the hotmail blog:

It’s that time again! The Hotmail team has been hard at work since our last release in the fall, and we’ve got a bunch of new features coming out… and we’re rolling them out now! Your Hotmail account has seen a number of awesome changes in the past few months - we’ve introduced a great new look and we’ve made everything faster and easier to use. The new stuff we’ve added came from the feedback you sent in, and we hope you like what you see so far.



If you haven’t se en any changes yet, you will soon! Until then, here’s a quick preview of just a few things to expect: 1

More room for messages. We’ve moved the banner ad from the top of the screen to the side so you can see more messages listed in your inbox.

Ever growing storage. Our storage grows with you – You start with 5 GB of storage, and it automatically increases as you need it. So you don’t have to worry about whether to keep a message or delete it. 2

Info at your fingertips. Making plans with friends and family is easy. When you’re writing a message, it’s just one click to add local maps, direction, movie times, and more. We’re trying this out in the US and the UK to get feedback for now, but more places are on the way.


A little more social. Open your Hotmail to the Today page to see what's new with the people you know, like the latest stuff they’ve posted on blogs, Twitter or Flikr.


A new way to get Hotmail on your phone. POP3 technology is available to Hotmail users in a bunch of countries for free now, so it’s easy to add Hotmail to the e-mail program on your phone. Check out this blog to find out more.

More style. Choose from more themes (and some that change based on things like time of day or weather) and edit your email signature in HTML.


Don’t forget to drop us a message to let us know what you think - we love getting feedback on how to make Hotmail even better. Or if you have any questions, mosey on over to the new Hotmail Online Solutions Center and get answers from our agents, fast.

Thanks for using Windows Live Hotmail!


The Hotmail team

1 Some of these features are still making their way out. If you don't see one of these features yet inside your Hotmail account, you will over the coming weeks.

2 We've designed Hotmail storage to grow with you, but at a reasonable pace. That means you should have plenty of storage unless you suddenly want to store the planet Jupiter on Hotmail, in which case we'll send you a nice e-mail asking you to please not try to store planets on Hotmail (although gradual storage of planets, moons, and asteroids is ok).

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