Microsoft Hotmail E-mail Makeover
Microsoft Hotmail E-mail Makeover – Microsoft will be making over their email client, Hotmail in order to compete with various other solutions that are currently available on the market, including Google’s Gmail. Hotmail is already the world’s largest web based email service, but has been losing market share to a number of other services for the past several years. Gmail in particular has been gaining market share at the expense of the Hotmail system. They will be updating the service sometime in July of August, but the exact date has not yet been named. The announcement of the change came on May 18.
Sources who have worked on the new version say that the service is faster overall, and has the full feature set of a desktop application, differing from their current web based interface. It will also feature a number of new features that are not currently including in GMail.
Among the upgrades will be a better interface. It will look better, and be much easier to navigate. The graphics will be easier on the eyes, and will help veteran hotmail users and new hotmail users alike better find their way around the service. Folders will still show up on the left hand side of the screen. The in box and reading pane will be showing up on the right. The basic layout has gotten a complete makeover, and a number of new features will be added across the top navigation bar that will give you a large amount of functionality that previous versions of the system did not have, including filters. Filters will allow you to view your email based on a number of different categories including unread mail, mail from certain individuals in your contacts, and mail from certain Windows Live groups.
It appears that the new system will make Hotmail more usable than ever, allowing the service to compete with the growing GMail service.