Computer Corner #26
By Bob Habas
Formally of computer Connections
Hotmail, the world's most widely used
e-mail service, is getting a major overhaul from Microsoft in a bid to fend
off competitors like Google's Gmail.
It’s fast, slick, and comes with a set
of new features for managing large amounts of email that make it a much better
rival to Gmail. It incorporates some very nice features — things that seem
quite obvious once you seem them in action, but aren’t already available
elsewhere. And more importantly, they’re features that regular people will
“Quick add” inserts maps, videos,
photos, and more into your e-mail. Easily search for details and insert them
into your e-mails without ever leaving your Hotmail.
Smart phone access - Get Hotmail on the go
on your Windows Mobile phone, Blackberry, or iPhone.
A key feature to the new Hotmail, is a
"sweep" feature that allows users to clean out their inbox in one
fell swoop. The single-click feature lets the user select a single e-mail
sender, or multiple senders, and automatically delete every message from that
With the new Hotmail, people will be able
to open and edit PowerPoint documents in their e-mail accounts, whether they
have PowerPoint installed on their computer or not.
Hotmail Active View will give people an
automatic preview of their incoming mail, including a look at photos they've
received -- both attachments and links to photo sites like Flickr.
You can watch YouTube videos, check social
networks and perform other outside tasks without ever leaving e-mail.
Your Personal Mail Man
Use Yahoo! Mail Plus, AOL or
Gmail as well? No problem. Hotmail saves you time and hassle by letting you
manage multiple email accounts from your Hotmail inbox.
Space To Grow
Hotmail gives you five gigabytes of
storage - just for starters. Then your storage grows as you need it. In a
nutshell, you can save those important emails without worrying about
Hotmail is now super-fast and ultra
efficient - up to 70% faster than previous versions of Hotmail. Perfect
if there are never enough hours in the day.
Ditch The Junk
Busy day? Last thing you need is a
lot of spam getting in the way of your important email. Don't worry,
Hotmail helps catch and ditch the junk. It has super security features
Love Messenger? It's likely that
most of your Messenger friends are on Hotmail, too, meaning you can
keep all your contacts together, easily see who's online and chat
straight from your inbox.
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