Ten new reasons to love Hotmail

Ten new reasons to love Hotmail

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Today, we’re pleased to announce that all of our customers have the latest release of Hotmail, with several new features, including those that we talked about in our earlier post about fighting the war on graymail. We’re excited about this release and hope you will be, too. So without further ado, here are ten new reasons to love Hotmail.

1. Keep only the latest message from any sender with Schedule cleanup

Today’s inboxes can get cluttered with lots of emails from the same sender, like newsletters or event calendars. Hotmail can automatically manage these messages by keeping only the latest email from a given sender. It’s easy—just select the sender, then choose Schedule cleanup on the Sweep menu, and then select “Only keep the latest message from this sender.” Hotmail will immediately delete all but the latest email from that sender, and each time a new message arrives from this sender, the older message will be deleted.

You can move or delete existing messages from these senders - and tell us what to do when new ones arrive. /Keep important messages / {email  address} / Options: - Only keep the latest message from this sender  - Delete all messages older than 10 days  - Move all messages older than 10 days to [folder] / OK / Cancel

2. Delete messages as they get old with Schedule cleanup

With other kinds of email, like daily deals and offers, you might want to keep several messages, but only for a few days. Hotmail can automatically clean these up, too, by deleting or moving these messages to a folder after a set amount of time. Just select a set of messages, then choose Schedule cleanup on the Sweep menu, and then select either Delete or Move all messages older than 3, 10, 30, or 60 days. Hotmail will take care of the rest automatically.

3. One-click Unsubscribe

Have you gotten yourself on a mailing list you no longer need? It happens to all of us – you sign up to some web site, and the next thing you know, you’re getting a bunch of newsletters that you don’t really want. With Hotmail, unsubscribing from unwanted newsletters has never been easier. We’ve combined Unsubscribe with the power of Sweep, so unwanted messages are removed from your inbox instantly and permanently with One-click Unsubscribe. Just select (or open) a newsletter, and then choose Unsubscribe on the Sweep menu. Hotmail takes care of all the details like telling the sender to take you off their list, setting up a rule to block messages from that sender, and even cleaning up your inbox if you want—all  in one easy step.

Stop getting this newsletter / We'll ask Living Socail Deals to take you off their mailing list. If they send anything in the meantime, we'll put it in Junk. / Also delete everything from LivingSocial Dealls in your Inbox folder / Unsubscribe / Cancel

4. Flags done right

We all get important email that we need to get back to later. Now, Hotmail makes it easy, by letting you instantly flag important messages and pinning those messages to the top of your inbox. Those messages stay pinned even when new email arrives, so you never lose track of that email gift card, your flight itinerary, or other important messages. You can even set up rules to automatically flag messages from specific senders.

Image of an Inbox with 3 flagged messages

 

Here’s a video showing you how to use flags:

5. PhotoMail and DocMail—improved with preview and inline editing

Millions of people share photos through email. Now, Hotmail gives you a beautiful photo album every time you send photos, and with our new release, you get to see that album as you compose your mail. You can even edit the title of your album right inline and add and remove photos before sending.

Six images arranged around the headline "Vacation in Mexico!" with options: View photos / Download all / Your are invited to view Dick's album. This album has 7 files.

6. Send files using SkyDrive

Let’s face it, attachments can be a hassle. If the files are too big, or if you attach too many, you might hit sending limits. Or, even worse, the people to whom you’re sending the files might hit limits with their email system, and never receive what you’re sending. That’s why we built SkyDrive right into Hotmail. Now, whenever you send a file, photo or document, you can choose to have that file stored on SkyDrive instead of sending it as an attachment. Using SkyDrive means that everyone will receive the files without any problems, and you no longer have to worry about attachment limits. It’s so easy to use SkyDrive that you can even make it the default for sending all attachments.

Big attachments can clog your friends' inboxes. But when you use SkyDrive, you send links to files instead of the files themselves. This makes it easy to share hundreds of files at a time with the people you choose. / Always send files using SkyDrive / Always send files as attachments / Let Hotmail choose (use SkyDrive for large attachments and Office docs)

7. Forgotten attachment detector

Speaking of attachments, have you ever sent an email to someone meaning to include a file or photo, but forgot to attach it? Hotmail now includes a new Forgotten Attachment Detector that reminds you to attach a file when there are phrases like “see attachments” in an email with no attachments. We’re still tweaking how it works, but right now our detector will catch about 75% of forgotten attachments.

Send without attachments? Just checking. It looks like you mentioned attachments but didn't add any. / Send now / Go back

8. Instant Actions that you can customize

We’ve spent a lot of time studying how people use their inbox, and as part of that, we know that certain actions occur very frequently. We’ve taken several common actions—delete, flag, and mark as read/unread—and made them instantly accessible in just one click with our new Instant Actions. But we went one step further. The new Hotmail lets you customize your own Instant Actions so that your inbox works the way you want. You can set up Instant Actions to categorize messages, sweep messages, mark messages as junk or even move messages to a folder, making things like one-click archive a snap.

Hotmail Instant Actions

9. Folder management

We heard from our customers that they wanted more from our folders and subfolders. That’s why we made sure creating and managing folders is easier than ever before. Now, you can create new folders inline and drag one folder into another to create a nested hierarchy. You can also move messages to a folder using drag and drop. And the new right-click menu gives you fast, easy access to common folder operations:

For this folder / New subfolder / Rename / Delete / Mark all as read / Empty folder

10. Hotmail for Android phones

If you’re using an Android phone, you can now easily access your Hotmail account with the official Hotmail Android app. The app has full EAS support to sync all of your email, calendar, and contacts. It supports multiple Hotmail accounts on the same device and displays new mail notifications on the Home screen. The app has been downloaded by over two million Android users. It can be installed by visiting the Android Market and searching for Microsoft Hotmail, or just by clicking here. Best of all, it’s free!

Hotmail Android App

Keep the feedback coming – this week, we’re on Twitter

We hope you enjoy the latest release. Let us know what you think—we’d love to hear your feedback. We will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A on the new Hotmail features tomorrow, December 16th, on Twitter from 12:30PM until to 1:30PM, Pacific Time.  Use the hashtag #HotmailQnA in your question and follow us (@Hotmail) to participate in the conversation.

And, as always, thank you for using Hotmail.

Dick Craddock

Group Program Manager, Hotmail

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  • Aaron.

    I posted my problems up on the conversation you started with me, but have not heard back.  The reason I am posting here is that when I try to add another comment (reply to my last reply), I click reply and nothing happens.  Have you made any headway?

  • I would love to have the 16-character passcode restriction removed, as well as the restriction not allowing special characters in the security question answer.  (Strange, for the most attacked and hacked of all providers to be somewhat behind in these security features.)

    Re: the former: I've read some people saying that, these days, 16 should be the *minimum* for passcodes !  Regardless, it would be nice for Hotmail *not* to have one of the shortest 'maximum passcode lengths' out there.  Gmail, fastmail, hushmail, myopera mail, yahoo, gmx, all allow for passwords 20 characters or over.

    Something like Gmail's two-step verification (using a cell phone) would be a nice security addition.  Think "ounce of prevention" instead of "pound of cure."  ;-)

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing what the Hotmail team has for us in the coming months of the new year !  :-)

  • @buffalo-girl  If you accept my friend request, I can work with you to resolve this issue.

  • I have a MacBook Air.  I now get "Sorry, there's a problem with Hotmail right now. Hotmail wasn't able to complete this request. Microsoft may contact you about any issues you report." when I try to view Hotmail in Firefox. It works in Internet Explorer and worked fine in Firefox for years before late last night:(

  • Tom
    2 Posts

    @ Jeremy Epling - Thanks for your reply.

    If you were to go to windowslivehelp.com and browse the Windows Live Mail Client Issues in some depth, I am sure you will understand why I was prompted to ask my question.

    Tom (aka Reallyoldguy)

  • @Tom - Windows Live Mail is still very much alive, but we don't have any new announcements at this time.

    We are also working on a new metro-style Mail app for Windows 8. You can see a very early version of the app in the Keynote from day 1 of the //BUILD conference. http://www.buildwindows.com/

  • Tom
    2 Posts

    Hi All, This is my first time on this Blog, so I apologize if I am off topic, but I do have a question, and Mr. Craddock appears to be the one to ask. I have searched, and searched, and searched, and not found the info I have been looking for, so here is my question. Is Windows Live Mail dead? It seems to me that Windows Live Hotmail is poised to take its place, and I find this disappointing. I would much prefer that the issues wilt WLM be addressed, but can find no indication that this may happen. Again, sorry if I am off topic, maybe someone can point me in the right direction.

    Please and Thanks - Reallyoldguy

  • Aaron, I see the conversation you started, thanks.  I posted the information you requested.

    Alessio, I tried to start a conversation with you, however it appears that I am not able to reply/post.  No errors, just my first attempt did not post what I had written, and every attempt after that, it appears the web page is dead.  Maybe you can start a conversation with me?

    Let me know.

  • I would apprecaite the help and have added you both as friends.

  • @Confused Again: Sorry you're running into issues. My team owns the Outlook Connector - I have added you as a friend, and I can help along with Aaron.

    Thanks

    Alessio Roic

    Microsoft Outlook

  • @Confused Again:  I've added you as a friend, and if you accept I can work with you to try to sort things out.

  • I am posting in desparation.  Apparently the threads I have posted in Windows Live Solution Center, Microsoft Answers, and Microsoft Technet are above the ability of the people there to address them.  I have been living with these issues for over a year.  I have been instructed by on Moderator to contact Microsoft (paid) Support for an answer.  Depending on who does the billing over there, with the list of bugs I am living with, the support bill could be in excess of the full retail cost of the whole Office Program.

    Can someone point me in the right direction for help?  I cannot find any at Microsoft (or anywhere on the web for that matter).  Or am I just faced with living with these bugs/glitches.

  • Long time lurker, first time poster.

    I have been using hotmail for almost 15 years and for the most part have been pretty satisfied.  However I am still fighting bugs or glitches between Hotmail, Outlook, and the Outlook Connector.  I am down to mostly two issues - categories that will not change or delete, stuck partial timezones on appointments, funky end dates on recurring appointments.  I have a number of threads out at various sites but for the most part the windows staff has stopped replying to them, reply with meaningless suggestions (or ones that have already been posted), or just pushing me to another site.   If anyone can help I would appreciate a point in any helpful direction.  I have been living with some of these issues for over a year.

    It is nice to see that Hotmail is evolving, but it would be even better if some elementary items could be incorporated.

    Categories/colors for calendars appointments that sync with Outlook, Hotmail and phone.

    Categories that sync with Outlook, Hotmail and phone.

    Contact pictures that sync between Outlook, Hotmail and phone.

    Options for which categories to sync (some of do not want ALL our information on our phones)

    Syncing of Junk mail settings between Outlook and Hotmail

    Bring back "Block Domain" as an easier way of blocking/deleting unwanted emails

    Better sharing/partial sharing of calendars

    Maybe even some better sharing of SkyDrive through Mesh.

    Also, keep it simple.  Navigation through the sites are getting cluttered.

    Keep at it.

  • Long time lurker, first time poster. But the time has come for me to speak up.

    I have been using hotmail for almost 15 years and for the most part have been pretty satisfied.  However I am still fighting bugs or glitches between Hotmail, Outlook, and the Outlook Connector.  I am down to mostly two issues - categories that will not change or delete, stuck partial timezones on appointments, funky end dates on recurring appointments.  I have a number of threads out at various sites but for the most part the windows staff has stopped replying to them, reply with meaningless suggestions (or ones that have already been posted), or just pushing me to another site.   If anyone can help I would appreciate a point in any helpful direction.  I have been living with some of these issues for over a year.

    It is nice to see that Hotmail is evolving, but it would be even better if some elementary items could be incorporated.

    Categories/colors for calendars appointments that sync with Outlook, Hotmail and phone.

    Categories that sync with Outlook, Hotmail and phone.

    Contact pictures that sync between Outlook, Hotmail and phone.

    Options for which categories to sync (some of do not want ALL our information on our phones)

    Syncing of Junk mail settings between Outlook and Hotmail

    Bring back "Block Domain" as an easier way of blocking/deleting unwanted emails

    Better sharing/partial sharing of calendars

    Maybe even some better sharing of SkyDrive through Mesh.

    Also, keep it simple.  Navigation through the sites are getting cluttered.

    Keep at it.

  • Hi Dick, new to the blog but sems like there are lots of great posts on hotmail! However my reason for landing here is I was trying to find some specific examples of how to help deliverability of our emails into hotmails inbox.

    Can you point me somewhere good?

    We have recently changed our email provider and now our email is constantly going to junk (even though we have a very low complaint rate / good engagement).

  • @dayle - we're working it, in the meantime, you can configure the native mail client directly using the instructions here: windowslivehelp.com/solution.aspx

  • dayle
    1 Posts

    thanks for these features, please also add ICS support for the official hotmail android app, the one in the market only works with upto ver 2.3, please please please.

  • UI is one of the most important factors that users would consider whether or not to switch to new service.

    When I heard about new look of windows live, I think it should be a completely overhauled UI not just added features or performance improvement. In fact,  mailbox, skydrive and other windows live services get stuck with outdated interface. The icons, buttons, text and layout look very small and cluttered compared to a lot of recently renovated service site such as yahoo mail, google mail, box,net, dropbox....

    Since Microsoft's direction will go for Metro because Windows division is working on metro UI (Windows 8) and Microsoft home page just got new metro look. I hope the team would work on this style for next UI and UX just in time for windows 8 and windows live essential wave 5 release....

  • spring
    14 Posts

    @ David--Thanks, David, I have confirmed you as a friend.

  • @Spring. I just added you as a friend. Accept the request and we can message 1:1 about your issue. I'd like to help you resolve it.

  • Safenet
    2 Posts

    I agree with @trulyindian and @Ronald... some great suggestions! Hotmail and Skydrive have been tremendously improved. Time for some focus on Calendar and contacts!

    Any chance of an RSS folder? I still have my Google account as I use Google Reader for RSS. If Hotmail added RSS folders, bye-bye Google account for good.

    Also, any chance of IMAP support in Hotmail? There are a lot of Hotmail users out there that have iPhones. As mentioned in the Inside Windows Live Post: windowsteamblog.com/.../hotmail-on-2-million-ios-5-devices-growing-100k-per-day.aspx

    A lot (myself included) have set up me.com email accounts. Apple iCloud only supports IMAP. It would be nice to to configure my me.com email so I can send/receive from Hotmail as well.

    Keep up the good work guys! Love the new Hotmail & Skydrive!

  • YA. I GOT EMAIL ALERT ON MY HOTMAIL INBOX

  • langware
    154 Posts

    Another +1 for Sir Peter's suggestion of an option that would display the last 10 IP addresses that accessed ones Hotmail account (similar to what Gmail provides).

    I made the same suggestion several years ago. I received the standard "thanks, keep 'em coming" response. Still waiting for this simple option to be implemented.

    Another security suggestion I made years ago is an option let the user define a default IP address. If an attempt was made to access the account from any IP address other than the default, Hotmail would prompt with additional security questions. This would be an option, so customers with short DHCP leases could opt out ... while those with long DHCP leases could opt in for some additional security. Still waiting for this feature to be implemented (Microsoft: no need to send another "thank you, keep 'em coming" response, just please quickly  implement some of the suggestions that your customers are providing).

  • +1 for Sir Peter for the last comment i.e. "Is there any chance ......... Inbox page (like in Gmail)."

  • Sir Peter
    11 Posts

    Is there any chance to see feature which will be showing after login the list of 10 latest IP addresses which had an access to our account?

    It could be simple text-link like eg.: "IP Details" on the bottom of Hotmail Inbox page (like in Gmail).

    I think it's a very important security feature that should be done ASAP.

    Thanks,

    Peter.

  • controlz
    145 Posts

    @kcrannie - you can pay for Hotmail Plus (explore.live.com/windows-live-hotmail-plus) to lose all the ads in Hotmail and Windows Live Home etc., as well as getting the benifit that your account doesn't expire.

  • controlz
    145 Posts

    I also think the Bing theme is a great idea. Another theme idea is to make custom themes - or at least let us keep an image at the top of the screen, but choose the colouring (I like some of the pictures, but I hate some of the colours for the rest of the site that come with them).

  • langware
    154 Posts

    @David Dennis and Steve Kafka,

    Your response to customers who provide feedback was "thank you" and "keep 'em coming" ....

    However in 2008, I posted feedback on the very same issue that trulyindian mentions:

    1) Hotmail's Interface really needs to be redesigned. When reading pane if off, it really become very annoying to read mail as there is no toolbar(or command bar) with us when we scroll down and then we have to scroll up again to access the toolbar.

    And THREE YEARS AGO, the response from Microsoft was .... "thank you, keep 'em coming".

    If you have not fixed this problem in THREE YEARS, then why not be honest with your customers and respond that this problem will not be fixed?

    Over the years, your customers have mentioned many Hotmail problems, issues, suggestions that receive a "thank you" but still have not been fixed (I'll be glad to provide a list if you wish) ... or just search for my comments in various blogs here.

    Please have some respect for your customers and provide more honest responses about problems that have such low priority that they will never be fixed! Giving customers false hope that their complaints will be address is unprofessional.

  • Re: kcrannie's suggestions above:  

    1.  Re: Themes:  Although the Team has said that themes are not much of a priority at the moment, it would be nice to implement the suggestion (I forget who made it many months ago...) to have a Bing theme, so that the Hotmail interface would display the Bing search image of the day (either fully [i.e. covering the whole page as Gmail's new HD themes do] or partially, in banner-form as they do now).  That way only the functionality necessary to make that happen would be required.  Many individual themes wouldn't need to be created.  (Easier said than done, right ?)

    2.  Re: Ads:  {Shhh.... This is a secret....  ;-)  If you use FF, Chrome/Iron or Opera you can download a 'webmail ad blocker' add-on which eliminates the ads at right AND expands the message list to fill the vacancy.  Nice !}

  • kcrannie
    31 Posts

    I like the updates.  However, would like to see a few more updates, as follow:

    **New themes to customize WLH Inbox much along the same line as what Yahoo! and Google offer.  The 'Themes' WLH currently offers are not all that exciting.  :-)

    **Revamp the address book, so that, when you click on 'Contacts' you see all relevant information pertaining to each contact  in a horizontal line.  Currently, the only way to view information on your contacts is to click 'Edit'.

    **Tabs across the top of the Inbox for 'Home', 'Contacts', 'Calendar', so that you don't always have to scroll to the bottom of the page to access these features in the left-hand navigational bar.

    **Be among the first to remove all advertisements from within Hotmail.  To some, the advertisements are oversized and intrusive and considered an invasion of one's privacy.  Just the other day I open an Yahoo! account to check it out.  Much to my surprise, it appears Yahoo! is not supported by ads, or in other words, has removed all form of ads from within Yahoo!  To be sure on this, I visited and checked with a couple of my neighbours and, they too, confirm that their free Yahoo! account is not supported by advertisements.   GMX and Burntmail.com, are not supported by ads.  Why not Microsoft join the crowd?

  • Sir Peter
    11 Posts

    @lmoritz you can always use ESC key to return to your inbox view (remember keyboard shortcuts are your friend).

    For me this feature is a big "time–saver" when we delete one message, next one will be open automatically.

    I really like it because don't have to click multiple times to process my inbox to zero.

  • lmoritz
    1 Posts

    I too am impressed with all the recent enhancements that have come to Hotmail.

    I'm just about ready to use it more seriously, but there is one minor annoyance that keeps from switching over: When I  read an email message and then delete it while open I should have the option to return to the Inbox instead of it opening up the next message. I want prefer going back to the Inbox.

    Give me that option and I'll be a full convert!

  • spring
    14 Posts

    @David Dennis-- I also think the recovery email addresses shouldn't show up in the FROM address list, but they do really appear there. I added them in July 2010 when the feature was first released. I have tried the option you suggest, but there is no way to remove them.

  • Steve Kafka wrote: "For emptying the trash, or other folders, while not quite what you suggested you can right click on the folder and empty without having go into the folder itself."

    D'oh !!  I never knew that !  Thanks for the info on that shortcut !  It'll come in very useful for me.  :-)

  • @spring The recovery emal addresses shouldn't show in the FROM field. Interesting that you're seeing that. You can remove Send As emails by going to OPTIONS>Sending/receiving email from other accounts.

  • @waded You should have the new features now. can you check again?

  • @EmirOfGroofunkistan We don't currently support the syncing of categories across Hotmail and Outlook. Definately something we're looking at, though.

  • Pedrool
    18 Posts

    can someone here tell this technically challenged person how I can delete a prior comment on this post? I don't see any delete button.

  • @MondayBlues, @trulyindian and @Ronald  as David said, thanks for all the great suggestions.  For emptying the trash, or other folders, while not quite what you suggested you can right click on the folder and empty without having go into the folder itself.

  • @trulyindian and @Ronald Thanks a ton for the feedback and feature ideas. Keep 'em coming!

  • I really enjoy the new Hotmail, but I must say that Ronald and trulyindian certainly have offered excellent suggestions.  Just from the standpoint of efficiency, let me add my "+1" to Ronald's suggestion:  

    - Right next to folders (for example Deleted) an empty button (as the x in Windows Live Mail desktop)

    Or a trash can icon would do.  Often I find myself dumping any number of items in the trash folder without reading them.  [Thanks to the new 'instant actions' option I can do so with a click of the icon in the message list while marking it 'read' at the same time !  Yay !]  But it would also be nice to be able to empty the trash (and spam/junk) folder without first having to go there.  If I already know what's in it and that I want to have it permanently deleted, it makes sense to let me/the user do so with minimal effort, i.e. without having to open the folder first.  IOW the same logic which led to putting the 'x' on the WLM desktop client should motivate a similar feature for Hotmail's webmail !    :-)

  • Thank God you people at least upgraded all the accounts !!! Do you recall when did you declare these features?? Yes, it was 4 oct (windowsteamblog.com/.../hotmail-declares-war-on-graymail.aspx).

    Such a long time to upgrade!!! I would really love to see lesser time in implementing updates or if that cannot happen for technical reasons (or for any other reason), do not announce so much early. Instead, send an email only to those people whom Hotmail accounts are upgraded.

    (By the way, I really dont understand any reason why updates cant be implemented rapidly. If Gmail, Yahoo mail or other services can do that, why cant you?? You should give the option to switch back to previous version if users face any problem rather than working as the way as you currently work)

    And below are 10 suggestions for improvement:

    1) Hotmail's Interface really needs to be redesigned. When reading pane if off, it really become very annoying to read mail as there is no toolbar(or command bar) with us when we scroll down and then we have to scroll up again to access th toolbar.

    2) Hotmail should automatically show full message rather than asking for "show full message" every time. (or it would be really better if Hotmail could automatically adjust formatting as per screen size because currently to read wider message we have to scroll horizontally very far)

    3)Hotmail Themes should be redesigned and should be increased. Really, I have not seen any improvement in Themes section since the concept of themes was introduced. Themes should be more dynamic and lively like Bing.com homepage.

    4) Pdf (and even xps) viewing facility should be extended to Hotmail as well.

    5) Enable dragging and dropping attachments in and out of a message (when composing mail)

    6) Sending of password protected files should be enabled.

    7) Make it possible to set Hotmail as default mail "client" in Windows or on atleast Microsoft's Group sites. (if we click on a mailto link, we should be directed to Hotmail login page rather than opening outlook or WL Mail)

    8) Uploading of attachments received to skydrive should be made possible.

    9) Similarly, uploading of files already present on skydrive to Hotmail as attachment of a new message should also be made possible.

    10) Keeping online history of chat done through Hotmail should also be enabled just as Yahoo Mail, or Gmail.

    @ronald  has also suggested some very good  improvements.

  • Ronald
    22 Posts

    Hotmail and SkyDrive have been vastly improved lately. I would like to give the team some suggestions to make Hotmail even better. Please consider these improvements for the next release:

    - When you compose a new message, you can choose to send it from another accounts (e.g. your ISP's etc.). At the moment though, mail is being sent through Hotmail servers,  instead of using the ISP's SMTP servers for that particular account. As a consequence some recipients see “From x@hotmail.com on behalf of x@example.com”

    - More frequent retrievals of new mail on other mail accounts (pop3) or at least the possibility to manually check for new mail by pressing a button

    - Enable dragging and dropping attachments in and out of a message (when composing and reading mail)

    - Make it possible to send password protected Office files (and maybe other file types). Now it is impossible (This file couldn't be scanned for viruses and wasn't added to your message.)

    - Better contact management

    - Option to request a Delivery Receipt / Read Receipt

    - Right next to folders (for example Deleted) an empty button (as the x in Windows Live Mail desktop)

    - Notification (by sound and/or visually) when new mail arrives, even when no browser is currently running. Now you only see Hotmail (#) - x@hotmail.com or when pinned to taskbar and IE window is opened, the number of new messages

    - RSS folder for RSS feeds (1 aggregated unread feeds folder, the feeds as sub-folders)

    - As Skydrive has now pdf viewing capability, this facility should be extended to Hotmail

    - Make it possible to set Hotmail (web version) as default mail "client" in Windows (if you click on a mailto link, Hotmail opens a new message with the addressee in the To field)

    - Continuous showing of messages as you scroll, instead of needing to click on back / next

    - Roll out the mini-calendar feature on the left pane of Hotmail (windowsteamblog.com/.../hotmail-thanks-you-for-a-great-15-years.aspx)

    Hotmail calendar:

    - Add week numbers to the mini-calendar on the top left side

    - Double click to enter appointment instead of the need to click on Add button ((works already in IE, but not Firefox)

    - Show tasks below the mini-calendar on the left  as a "to-do list"

    - Add synchronization of tasks with Outlook

    Outlook (synchronization):

    - Push mail support for Hotmail using Outlook Connector (or maybe better via Exchange ActiveSync, so it works on other clients too)

    - Synchronization of tasks between Outlook and Hotmail

    - A Unified / linked Inbox (as in Windows Live Mail and Outlook 2011 for mac / Windows Phone)

    Android app:

    Flag support

    Option to select custom ringtone for new mail notification

    When opening Hotmail app, go directly to mail list, instead of showing account list if only 1 account is set up

  • spring
    14 Posts

    This is about the email recovery option:

    I remember that Hotmail team said that only 25% users can remember the answer of the security question. So, hotmail now offers up to 10 options to fill in recovery email addresses, cell phones, or trust PC (and a very weak security question option). But, I am one of those 25% users. I like to use Q/A option and hate to use email addresses. Could you please enhance the security question option, at least you can make it as good as that of Yahoo mail.

  • spring
    14 Posts

    I posted this earlier, just want to get the attention of Hotmail team:

    Hotmail now offers two great features, one is the email alias, with which we can add up to 5 email IDs to the primary ID, another feature is that we can add up to 10 recovery email addresses in Account Settings. After setting up all of these, I find a problem: when I compose an email, Hotmail allows me to select a "From address" from a drop list. I thought only the primary ID and the five aliases should be included. But in my list, there are 16 addresses in the list, i.e., the ten recovery email addresses are also included. Is there a way to remove those addresses?

  • I'd like new themes for hotmail.

  • waded
    4 Posts

    @David No, still not seeing it as of this minute. Thanks for the reply!

  • I really like having categories on hotmail ... but is there a way to sync the categories I'm able to set in the webmail with what I get when I view my hotmail account using Outlook?

  • @cmoss1965 While we don't make early announcements about work in progress, there is always interesting work happening for the future.

  • welcome update.

    are there any scheduled changes to calendar and contacts ? if so when can we expect them?

    hotmail is vastly improving for the better.

  • Fludlyt
    2 Posts

    @James Manes how were you able to do the scheduled sweep for 'all inbox items'? I don't see a way to do this but only for individual email addresses. If I could create a "archive" folder like Gmail and have this setup on a schedule that would be great.

    If anyone else knows how to do this please feel free to chip in :-)

  • @bfe Blu104 is a straggler with very few users on it. You got lucky! You'll see the new features very shortly though.

  • Awesome! This is why I love to use Hotmail!

  • bfe
    1 Posts

    I'm still not seeing the new experience on blu104.mail.live.com

  • controlz
    145 Posts

    @David Dennis - that's brilliant! I use Hotmail Calendar to tell me what I do every day, so changes are most welcome. :-)

  • @waded You should see the upgrade now. Do you?

  • drokkon
    2 Posts

    #1 is something I was SO looking forward to. It seems to work as advertised, with one tiny glitch. The scheduled cleanup menu contains three choices (Only keep the latest message from this sender, Delete all messages older than 10 days, Move all messages older than 10 days to ...). However, if I check two emails, right-click and go to scheduled cleanup, ONLY THE LAST TWO OPTIONS SHOW!

    Not sure why this is, but I have an account I use for promotional emails, and I'm on about 300 mailing lists. This feature was going to be a BOON for me, but having to go through the same several-click process 300 times does not excite me at all.

  • funny - hotmail flagged my Windows Blog welcome email as spam...

  • waded
    4 Posts

    Love it, but I'm not seeing the new features just yet. Is this rolled out to blu104.mail.live.com? For example, flags still work the way they used to, and there's no "Flagging" option under "Customizing Hotmail" in Hotmail Options as mentioned at windowsteamblog.com/.../hotmail-gets-flags-right.aspx. Please let me know if you need more info at wade@dorrells.org.

  • Found a better way to archive than Gmail. Automated sweep of all inbox items older than 10 days to a new subfolder named "archive." Beautiful. :)

  • Is there no way to archive stuff like in Gmail?

  • The categories are great, but there's not a good way to see them for email inside a folder.  I have an archive folder where I dump all the old email that I've dealt with but want to keep.  I categorize the email, sometimes in more than one category.  If I ever go into the archive folder, the interface makes it impossible to see what category the emails are in.  It'd be nice to see at least a category header and better yet a way to group the emails by category.  

    Also, a quick way to assign more than one category would be nice too ... in the instant actions, can there be a drop down list instead of forcing us to pick just one?  Also, in the filters/rules it would be nice to have the ability to assign more than one category at once.

    Glad to have categories at all though, it's a good start.

  • @Elliot Bridgewater:  I've sent you a friend request.  If you accept, I can work with you to resolve this issue.

  • Pedrool
    18 Posts

    Also, in the main Hotmail view, since the Calendar month-view preview seems to have been axed as a feature (too bad because it would be very helpful), here's a feature suggestion: Under the "Options" menu in the upper-right, perhaps this would be good place to put the Calendar month view. It would also increase visibility of the ads since users would have a reason to look over in the right sidebar. Right now, I never look at the ads, but if you put the Calendar over there, I would.

  • Pedrool
    18 Posts

    I really like the changes; one-click actions are a real step forward. However there is a pretty big bug now.

    The sweep> Move all From command doesn't work any more (the "Move all" button is permanently grayed out) . There appear to be three ways to do this, and none work for me. Here's what's happening: select the message> Sweep> Move all from... > tick the box "Also move future messages" > the "Move all" button is grayed out and won't execute. This happens whether you access this dialog from the Sweep menu, from the Instant Actions icon should you activate it in Options, and in the mouse-over menu when mousing over a message.

    If you can't reproduce this, here's what I did, so maybe try this: in an account which has just received the new Hotmail update, go to Instant Actions options, remove the read/unread icon, add the Sweep/Move icon, Save, go back to Hotmail, attempt the above.

  • I now get "Sorry, there's a problem with Hotmail right now. Hotmail wasn't able to complete this request. Microsoft may contact you about any issues you report." when I try to view Hotmail in Firefox. It works in Internet Explorer and worked fine in Firefox for years before yesterday's update :(

  • Thanks for the Calendar feedaback. There are definately some interesting things in the works on that front.

  • Ebnador
    2 Posts

    I  agree with controlz I'd like to see an update to the calendar, including support for the webcal: protocol wich would allow me to connect it to outlook without using the outlook/hotmail connector.

    Thanks for the great work so far, these are fantastic enhancements. I wish outlook could do some of these things for my work email.

  • controlz
    145 Posts

    Hotmail and SkyDrive are great, and have had a lot of amazing updates lately. But, and I know this is off topic, can Hotmail Calendar please get a redesign? Reminders were added recently, and they're great, but Calendar really needs:

    1) A better, cleaner interface with a sidebar perhaps like Hotmail's

    2) Search!

    3) Easier sharing, and easier discovery of exporting calendars (I know it's currently possible - and I know how to do it - but it's not easy to find).

    4) Right click menus!

    If any of these features are coming (whether in the Wave 5 M3 upgrade or beyond), that's brilliant!

    Thanks for making Hotmail the best email service!

  • Janis91
    5 Posts

    So, when will we see support for flagging emails on Windows Phone?