Hotmail changes

The most used online email service in the world, Hotmail, has undergone its first major revamp in eight years and will receive a name change. Drew explains why this has happened and how the changes will affect your emailing experience.

If you have been a long term Hotmail user, you will have noticed that the layout of the Hotmail website has not changed in over eight years. The new changes to the Hotmail interface are a direct reaction to Hotmail’s gradual loss of market share to the also free Google Gmail product. Hotmail has taken the successful parts of the Gmail product and implemented them into its system with a few tweaks along the way.

Hotmail is also changing its name from Hotmail to Outlook with the website already available for users to log in. The Outlook name has a lot of goodwill attached to it due to its Microsoft Outlook package products. This doesn’t surprise me as I currently view emails from a Gmail account as more professional than a Hotmail account which is usually only ever used as a private email account, a stigma I suspect Microsoft is trying to break.

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New features

Conversations: Up until now, when you sent an email and received a reply, it would come in as a whole new email. This has changed. Outlook will group your emails together as conversations, as long as the subject line remains the same.

: On the far right hand side of your new mail box, you will no longer see only an advertisement. This has been replaced by different modules for you to add your calendars, social networks and contact lists for ease of use.

: For those who have a Windows/MSN Messenger account, you no longer need to log into the program to chat. This is now built into your Outlook account. You can also video call through this method.

: One click access to your SkyDrive account to upload and store documents and files.

If your service has not automatically updated, you can force this update by logging into your Hotmail account at the soon to be new website

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).