Hotmail War on Graymail: Over 100 Million Sweeps, Cleanups and Newsletters Filtered in 90 Days

On October 2, 2011, Hotmail introduced a set of advanced features to combat "graymail" - "Graymail--messages like newsletters, daily deals, and notifications--is filling up inboxes all over the world."The customer are using new features such as Sweeping, categorizing, and Schedule Cleanup a lot and have so far conquered graymail over 100 million times using these […]

HotmailOn October 2, 2011, Hotmail introduced a set of advanced features to combat "graymail" - "Graymail--messages like newsletters, daily deals, and notifications--is filling up inboxes all over the world."

The customer are using new features such as Sweeping, categorizing, and Schedule Cleanup a lot and have so far conquered graymail over 100 million times using these features.

"Newsletters alone typically make up more than 50% of a person's email. Hotmail's newsletter category automatically identifies most newsletters and lets you see them all in one place with a single click. One-click unsubscribe lets you get rid of unwanted newsletters instantly," blogged Dick Craddock.

"Sweep usage is growing by 11% per month, Schedule Cleanup usage has grown by 70% over the past 3 months, and each month users are growing making use of the tools to clean up their inboxes," Craddock added. Here are the numbers:

Over 100 million graymail actions have been performed

  • 90% of Sweep actions are "Delete all from this sender"
  • When you use Sweep to "move mail" from a given sender into a folder, you let "Sweep automatically set up a rule 60% of the time." That means Sweep keeps working for you as you get new email, even when you are away from your inbox.
  • 65% of Schedule Cleanup actions are "Only keep the latest message from this sender."

Schedule Cleanup lets you automatically manage bulk mail. With Schedule Cleanup, you can:

  • Keep only the latest message from a given sender (by far the most popular choice when using Schedule Cleanup).
  • Delete messages as they get old (3 days, 10 days, 30 days, or 60 days).
  • Move messages to a folder as they get old.

Sweep lets you move or delete unwanted graymail quickly and easily, and can even automatically set up rules for managing new mail as it arrives.

Categories let you organize your mail the way you want. Hotmail automatically categorizes things like newsletters, social updates, photos, Office docs and shipping updates. Now, you can create your own categories and have each one show up as a QuickView.

And of course, these features work well together. Categories can be used together with Schedule Cleanup, making those tools even more powerful. For instance, you can use Schedule Cleanup to delete all newsletters as they get old, just by using Schedule Cleanup on the newsletter category.

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