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

 

You can now check your Facebook status updates and add friends within Microsoft Outlook, thanks to an update to the Outlook Social Connector plugin.

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The plugin, Microsoft’s attempt to create a Facebook-like inbox within Outlook, was announced last November but did not yet support Facebook.

With updates to the plugin just unveiled, the tool now supports Facebook and Windows Live Messenger, in addition to the previously supported LinkedIn and MySpace. Twitter is still not among the list of supported social networks.

The Outlook Facebook plugin is a download that ranges between 9.7MB and 21.7MB, and works with Outlook 2010, 2007 and 2003.

“The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook allows you to connect your Facebook account to the Outlook Social Connector and obtain information about your friends and colleagues,” Microsoft says. “You can see status updates and recently posted items from your Facebook contacts

“You can also use Outlook Social Connector to display a quick view of related Outlook content when you click on an e-mail from a contact, such as recent e-mail conversations, meetings, and shared attachments to help you easily track your communications.”

No word yet on when the Outlook Social Connector will officially support Twitter, but some third-party developers have built integrations to connect the two programs.