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Introducing Windows Live Hotmail And An Update on M9

Microsoft and the Windows Live Mail team have announced the renaming of Windows Live Mail to Windows Live Hotmail, when the mail service will be launched worldwide. Some beta testers will begin to see the Windows Live Hotmail brand show up in the beta version in the coming weeks.

As we prepare to launch the final version of our new web mail service, we recognize the importance of ensuring that our 260+ million existing customers come over to the new service smoothly and without confusion. By adopting the name “Windows Live Hotmail”, we believe we’re bringing together the best of both worlds – new and old. We’re able to offer the great new technology that Windows Live has to offer while also bringing the emotional connection many existing and loyal users have with Hotmail.

Windows Live Mail Blog post

In another post, Windows Live Mail team has posted an update on M9 and talked about changes and performance improvements. Aside from the speed boost, check out the Classic experience, which allows you to:

    • Read, find, and sort your email and contacts faster than ever
    • Choose contacts quickly when composing a message by using the Contact Picker (this shows up on the right side of the compose page, letting you add recipients to your message with a single click)
    • Tweak Windows Live Mail to use your favorite color
    • Find information about your contacts quicker using alphabetized contacts filtering  
    • Write professional-looking emails with the rich-text editor
    • Reply, forward, and delete messages easier with a toolbar that appears below each message (don’t worry, we still kept the top toolbar =])

The Full experience also has some new features, three of which I want to mention here:

    • Sort and search your messages easier with additional options
    • Make your emails stand out with message importance indicators
    • Interact with Windows Live Mail better with an improved context menu (which appears when you right-click on a message in the message list, for example)

Both the Classic and Full experiences also have:

    • Support for importing and exporting your contacts
    • Updates to the Today Page
    • Detail-oriented improvements on the user interface

For those who are using the Windows Live Mail full experience, but prefer to use the fast and simple Classic experience, here’s how to switch:

  1. Click the “Options” dropdown on the upper right of your screen
  2. Choose the “More Options…” menu item
  3. Click the “Click here to use the classic version, which is good for slow connections.“ link

Windows Live Mail Team blog

Microsoft, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Hotmail, Hotmail, Live, M9

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