In May 7, 2007, Microsoft announced that Windows Live Hotmail, is launching globally in 36 languages. The mailbox capacity of Windows Live Hotmail is 2GB.

This is the successor to MSN Hotmail service and the most important upgraded version of Hotmail since the first time it launched to the public.

The goal of Windows Live Hotmail service is replacing a pre-existing Hotmail service and contributing to Microsoft’s development strategy on Live service platforms.

Windows Live Hotmail integrates many new technologies, and allows users to easily access via the Web, on mobile phones or e-mail client. Products are built on the foundation of Microsoft AJAX.

“We’re ready to offer Windows Live Hotmail to the more than 20 million MSN Hotmail accounts” Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of Microsoft, said.

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Windows Live Hotmail is designed with interface that is identical to famous email applications on PC – Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook. The mailbox now includes a preview window like Outlook email.

From May7, 2007, customers can visit hotmail.com address to upgrade the new Windows Live Hotmail services. If you want to use Windows Live Hotmail on mobile phones, visit: http://mobile.live.com. The capacity of Windows Live Hotmail Mailbox is 2GB.

But by the end of this month, Windows Live Hotmail users can use this service via e-mail and connect to free use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Office Outlook 2007 via the Microsoft Office Outlook Connector beta. Outlook Connector will be available globally in 11 languages.

In 2008, Microsoft plans to expand the segment of software for mobile phones. It plans to achieve sales of 20 million units integrated Windows Mobile operating system in 2008.

Additionally, the software giant also plans to provide more softwares for 40 different manufacturers of mobile phones worldwide. Among them are Motorola and Samsung, two manufacturers have promised to choose Windows Mobile for their platforms on devices.

Recently Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail service have applied more improvements in function and overall quality to regain client market share from rival – Gmail. In this article, we will come together to learn about some of the positive changes from Hotmail service in this war.

First is the addition of the new mouse and keyboard shortcuts, which previously have not been available in consumer based Web Email clients (GMAIL included). For example, users can right-click on the email to get options like Reply, Reply all …:

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Additionally, you can now change Hotmail over to use the exact shortcut hotkeys that you might be already acquainted with in Gmail or Yahoo Mail; certainly something handy if you’re one of the claimed “millions” that has switched to Hotmail.

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To go along with the new keyboard shortcuts, there are a couple new mouse shortcuts too.  At the top-right of email messages you’ll now find a drop-down menu that allows you to Reply, Reply all, or Forward the message.

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There were also some new features added in terms of personalization. You can now set a default font for all emails that you compose. And, you can add a default personalized signature to all of your emails. This feature may have been around in some form, but it has been greatly enhance and now supports rich text.

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Another notable new feature is the recovery of emails that were deleted. You won’t have to worry about accidently clicking the delete button ever again since those emails can now be brought back.

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Lastly, they’ve fixed how the Back button works in your internet browser. Before it would leave you stuck in an endless recycle of the same page, but now it actually goes backwards to a previous page.

However, there are a few areas which needs improvement if Microsoft wants to compete with Gmail:

  • No IMAP support
  • No Exchange Support on older Android and misc Smartphones
  • Gmail Labs is too cool to give up