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Hotmail Is Different

“This week they changed Hotmail on me.”

I have been using Microsoft’s (free) webmail service .. well, since the pioneering days (remember the AOL CD’s?).. long before there was a Gmail, and so I have seen it change over the years. Some of the changes were insignificant and unnoticeable (like, renaming it “Live Hotmail”).
But this week’s change is so major, we even get a new icon.


I generally don’t like it when companies revamp and overhaul their products, and I like it even less when they do not give us the option of sticking with what they usually call “classic mode” (but I call it the “what-I-am-familiar-with mode”). Many is the time I have simply stopped using a product because I do not like the new version as much as the old (“Progress” often equals “bloat”).

Fortunately, there is much to like about the new Hotmail.

The idea behind “Live” has it’s roots in the evolution of computers and the Internet into a terrible idea (at least, from a security standpoint) called “cloud computing” – specifically online collaboration, social networking, and “sharing”. The changes in Hotmail are in the same direction as the changes to Office 2010.

Windows Live can help you synchronize all the ways you communicate and share. Imagine one convenient place online to share photos, online calendars, files, e-mail, and see what’s new with your social network. With Windows Live, it’s easier than ever to stay connected to the people and things that matter to you.”

Group hug.

I really don’t care that I can now open a Word document attachment directly in my Hotmail, but you might. And I am an independent contractor so I am not trying to “stay in sync”, but you might be.

I like the new “Sweep” feature. A lot. And I like the improvements for sending photos too.

To learn about the changes to Hotmail, click here. Have an old Hotmail account that you have been neglecting? You might want to re-think. Microsoft is not sitting still, and letting Google go unchallenged you know.

Today’s free download: WOT (Web Of Trust) is a free Internet security add-on for your browser. It’s community-based ratings can help keep you safer from online scams, identity theft, spyware, spam, viruses and unreliable shopping sites. WOT warns you before you interact with a risky Website. It’s easy and it’s free.

  • The WOT browser addon is light and updates automatically
  • WOT rating icons appear beside search results in Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Gmail, etc.
  • Settings can be customized to better protect your family (new “Parental Control” setting blocks access to Web sites with a poor child safety rating and no rating at all)
  • WOT Security Scorecard shows rating details and user comments

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July 31, 2010 - Posted by | computers, e-mail, Internet, Microsoft, tech | , ,


  1. TechPaul,

    Very nice writeup. I too have been a user of Hotmail from day one. You are probably like me, a hotmail account for this, a gmail account for that and maybe throw in a Yahoo account as well.

    I digging in right now to take a look at these features in the new hotmail.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | July 31, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      Sure enough I do.. and I probably have some e-mails I have forgotten. I have one just for websites that demand an e-mail before you can view their content (a Yahoo! Mail, btw)(although sometimes I just type in Never look in it…


      Comment by techpaul | July 31, 2010 | Reply

  2. I have used hot mail which seems like “forever” I just explored the New Way Of Hot mail,I think I am going to like it. Especially with keeping my in box organized. With so much in box stuff, it becomes over whelming and a lot of effort at times, saving a lot and not being able to find what I want…this should work great for me.
    Again, thanks Paul for the new info.



    Comment by Gaia | July 31, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      The new “Sweep” tool is my fave fersher.
      Sweep + Move to + Junk + “Always do this for this sender”.


      Comment by techpaul | July 31, 2010 | Reply

  3. I would have watched the video about the “new” Hotmail but once again MS attempts to force another of their programs on us. I don’t want Silverlight so they can keep their Hotmail.
    I do appreciate you trying to let us know about new things even if they are MS.
    I hope all of your readers install WOT it is a really good safety tool.


    Comment by Skykisser | July 31, 2010 | Reply

  4. Skykisser,
    I thought there was a “or click here” which takes you to a Flash-based version.. but if not, try this page:


    Comment by techpaul | July 31, 2010 | Reply

  5. For web conferences you should try,
    Great for online teaching and collaborating. I use it for working on my designs with other in my field.
    Its free and pretty simple – you just upload your file and invite others to view it together.
    – Laura W.


    Comment by laura w | August 1, 2010 | Reply

    • laura w,
      I do not do document collaboration, but I thank you for your input.

      Folks, I have not even visited this site, but it is reported as safe.


      Comment by techpaul | August 1, 2010 | Reply

  6. Agree, am too lovin’ the newest hotmail and it’s working real efficient.


    Comment by happyflowerwordzoo002 | August 6, 2010 | Reply

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