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MSN Hotmail to Undergo Major Upgrade

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The Microsoft Network (MSN) is set to upgrade and add new functions to its free email service, Hotmail. Microsoft hopes that this latest upgrade will make Hotmail more competitive with major rivals such as Google and Yahoo! While Hotmail remains the world’s biggest email provider, it cannot afford to stand still especially as other providers such as, Yahoo! seem to carry out regular improvements more frequently and are quickly closing in.

The new features, expected to be available from July or August, will make Hotmail more accessible through Web versions of the MS Office software and enable previews from video or photo- sharing Websites such as YouTube and Flickr. There are also additional changes designed to improve security against spam and phishing attacks. In addition, users will now be able to manage Web links, pictures or videos more efficiently without having to open attachments and filter inbox messages based on categories such as key contacts and social networks.

Furthermore, it will be easier to send files and images as attachments up to 10GB by uploading them to Microsoft’s free online storage service –  Skydrive. The attachments will only be viewable by the recipients of the email.

Comscores Top Three Email Services

  1. MSN Hotmail – 360 million users
  2. Yahoo! mail – 284m
  3. Google Gmail – 173m

Comscores Top Three Email Services in United States of America

  1. Yahoo! mail – 95 million users
  2. MSN Hotmail – 47m
  3. Google Gmail – 43m

Talking Point

Which is your preferred email provider and why? With over 360 million users and more than 8 billion messages per day, how long before Hotmail is overtaken as the world’s biggest email service provider?

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15 Comments

  1. please implement a journal feature into hotmails email service, accessible from within the email service in much the same way as calender, spaces or skydrive. This feature would store entries into user defined categories by date in a skydrive folder or alternatively post automatically to our spaces blog!

  2. see thats funny because I use 3 primary accounts and my hotmail account is the only one that is almost completely spam free.

    1. Yeh, “almost completely spam free” is not good enough. My Gmail accounts filter 99.99 percent of spam coming into it so I never have to see it. I would say Hotmail filters out 75% and that’s on a good day. What are your other 3 email accounts? Yahoo isn’t great either but def. better than Hotmail in my opinion.
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      1. From my experience of using Hotmail, Yahoo mail and Google mail, I have seen people’s Hotmail accounts (mine included) hacked into on several occasions whereby spam mails are sent to all contacts in your address book without your knowledge. As far as I know, I am yet to see that happen in Yahoo or Gmail accounts. However, Yahoo can still do a lot to improve their spam filtering system.

      2. well, when I say almost completely I mean 99.99% spam free 😉 my msn account used to be on the backburner, I liked the name I saved so I kept it around but I prefered the services that yahoo offered. As the years went by I wanted a more professional email name so I switched and started using the name I had saved with msn, and discovered instantly how amazingly spam free it is. I think that people arent careful about where they type their main email address when they post in forums or enter their email for other online activities, thats all. No matter how good an email service is common sense trumps most issues.

        1. I suppose if we all changed our passwords periodically, chances of our emails being hacked into will be minimal. However, it can be difficult to keep up at times 😉

  3. I have a Hotmail account from the days pre-Microsoft. I still use it fairly frequently and have been happy with it for what I use email for. I tried Gmail, but two days after getting the account up and hardly using it, spam started rolling in. Yes, it’s filtered with laser precision, but I question why a new account used maybe four times at the most in 48 hours was getting 10-12 messages of spam a day. My Hotmail account gets about the same over a span of a week.

    Over the course of about 18 months, Google “accidentally” disabled my account twice; each time taking about 24-36 hours before I was allowed access again. Overall I liked Gmail, but the spam and the “accidental” disabling of my account was not worth all of Gmail’s bells, whistles, and brouhaha.

    I left Gmail, went back to Hotmail, and even upgraded to Hotmail Plus; a service Gmail doesn’t offer.

    1. Google disabling your account must have been a pretty bad experience. I can’t imagine what I would do if that happened to me.

  4. The Microsoft Network (MSN) is laid to upgrade and add new functions to its free email service, Hotmail. Microsoft desires that this latest acclivity will make Hotmail more competitive with major contenders such as Google and Yahoo! Piece Hotmail stays the existence’s largest e-mail provider, it cannot afford to stand still specially as […]

  5. I’ve been using Yahoo since the beginning. I’ve tried both MSN and Gmail but I still prefer Yahoo. Probably because I’ve been used to it’s appearance already. I find the features pretty much the same. I’d probably switch if I can see a feature that’s useful to me that my current email provider doesn’t have. Until then, I guess I’ll stick with Yahoo.

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