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When we looked into how people used email, we found some interesting patterns. It turns out that there are generally three types of people when it comes to email: pilers, filers, and purgers.
Which are you?
Different strokes for different folks. It’s a fun engineering challenge to build an email service that works well for all three types of folks.
Here’s a bit of data on how pilers, filers, and purgers tend to manage the email in their accounts.
Source: Microsoft internal
And a chart that will give you a sense as to what percentage of people are like you.
Coming up next – did you know that Hotmail has keyboard shortcuts? Did you know that you can choose between Outlook shortcuts and Gmail-compatible shortcuts? Pretty geeky, huh? I’ll talk next about how we think about those features that we geeks love and that most people never use.
Dick Craddock Group Program Manager, Windows Live Hotmail
I'm a Purger, but only in Windows Live Mail (using POP3). On the webmail end, I either keep a copy of the message I deleted in WLM or delete it also.
I don't delete my e-mail so I'm not a Purger. I archive it so I'm not a Piler. But I don't keep my archives organized so I guess I'm not a Filer either.
I am definitely a filer (13+ folders to keep things neat, used to have more but after some cleaning sessions I narrowed it down to a more selective order of folders). My Inbox also has a max of 20 rule, so I definitely cringe when I see other people's inboxes go into 10s of pages. Anyway, I am VERY happy you guys look into this kind of behavior, it must certainly be important when designing future uses of the product.
I am a filer for Live Hotmail and a piler for Live Mail. Sadly, with Live Mail going away for Win XP, I will become a purger.
I am a filer! And I love it!
I'm a purger. I don't keep things I don't really need. We all need to conserve resources, don't we?
I am Filer sometimes and purger most of the times.
I noticed one thing now in WLM is "Now i don't see any option to move new mails into new folders.
However The old filters works well and mails are moving correctly into appropriate folders.
May be i don't know where to go and apply filters, if any one have any clue on this please let me know.
I am also interested in knowing the overall Windes Livemail architecture as well to undrstand the scalability requirements. It will be great! if you can write an article on this as well.