Hotmail rolls out new Outlook-like calendar view

By Tom Warren, on 5th Jul 11 6:41 pm with 45 Comments

Microsoft is adding a mini-calendar view to its Hotmail pages.

The software giant announced the view in a blog post celebrating 15 years of Hotmail. “We’re rolling out the mini-calendar on a trial basis now in order to get feedback and expect to turn it on for all users soon,” said Microsoft’s Dick Craddock. The Hotmail team has also added a “go to” option that allows users to view messages from a particular date.

Microsoft is celebrating 15 years of Hotmail this week. The software maker now has over 360 million unique users per month of the service. Here’s Hotmail’s vital statistics:

  • 360 million unique users per month
  • 5.5 billion spam messages filtered each day
  • 14 billion photos sent through photo mail since launch
  • Over 40 million people use Office Web Apps in Hotmail each month
  • Sweep feature has swept hundreds of millions of messages from Inboxes.
  • Over 3 million email aliases already created
  • 5 million people chat with Facebook friends via Hotmail
  • 200 million Active View emails delivered last month
Microsoft has been improving Hotmail rapidly over the last 12 months. The software maker recently announced a number of new Outlook-like features and a 10x speed improvement on Hotmail from six months ago. The company isn’t going to stop there though, Microsoft plans to keep adding new features to Hotmail over the coming weeks and months to make the service even better for its millions of users. “We hope you’ve enjoyed Hotmail over the last 15 years,” says Craddock before promising that the team has more features up its sleeves. “We’re just getting started – there’s a lot more to come.”

New Hotmail calendar view

  • http://twitter.com/IanMitchel1 Ian Mitchell

    I don’t understand why people would choose gmail over hotmail. Any web based email program that needs a loading bar is doing something fundamentally wrong, I’m sorry.

    • Grannyville7989

      People just have different preferences.

    • Grannyville7989

      People just have different preferences.

    • Anonymous

      There are a few things that, to me, are reasons to use Gmail over Hotmail.

      1) Priority Inbox. Hotmail doesn’t have anything like it, and it’s my favorite feature in Gmail.
      2) Call phone. Having my Google Voice number directly integrated into Gmail is amazing. It’s so easy to make and receive VoIP calls, check my voicemails, send and receive texts, etc. Microsoft doesn’t provide anything like Google Voice.
      3) Reader. It’s not a part of Gmail, but it’s tightly integrated with my Google Account and another killer app not found in Hotmail.
      4) Video conferencing and voice chat are also built directly into the Gmail web app. With Hotmail you have to use the separate Live Messenger desktop application to video conference.

    • http://adamhaider.com Adam Haider

      Microsoft bought Skype for a reason. Skype can already interface with the browser to an extent, so I imagine it’s pretty easy to do something similar to Gmail. Most likely they will integrate Lync with Hotmail.

    • Anonymous

      That’s great. I’m looking forward to having Skype (hopefully) directly integrated into my Windows Phone. However, your response was filled with “can” and “most likely” but nowhere did you say that Hotmail can CURRENTLY do any of what you said. I love Gmail because TODAY I can make and receive calls and texts right in the browser without using a separate app.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      Thank you so much haha, seriously! I hate it when people try to counter-argue with a statement that is CURRENTLY inapplicable.  Just because something is going to happen doesn’t mean it is always better to wait for it, when there are other options out there. 

    • DEuX

      For me, it’s because I got excited about Gmail when it first launch, dropping Hotmail in the process. Hotmail didn’t innovate enough at that time. So now, the bulk of my emails in Gmail, kinda hard to switch over to other provider. If i can bring over the history, then im more than happy to switch.

    • Anonymous

      when i made the switch i used Live Mail and then i just moved gmail emails to hotmail, even chat. it took a while. but i got it. i could have forwarded gmail to hotmail but nah, it was good to get rid of gmail.

    • Anonymous

      when i made the switch i used Live Mail and then i just moved gmail emails to hotmail, even chat. it took a while. but i got it. i could have forwarded gmail to hotmail but nah, it was good to get rid of gmail.

    • Guest

      You should read the license…. and understand it….

    • DEuX

      For me, it’s because I got excited about Gmail when it first launch, dropping Hotmail in the process. Hotmail didn’t innovate enough at that time. So now, the bulk of my emails in Gmail, kinda hard to switch over to other provider. If i can bring over the history, then im more than happy to switch.

    • Guest

      There are GOOD open source for each.
      -NewsBlur kills reader and is free, nothing Google is, not to mention ads (ugh). It uses MongoDB so if you know how to code you can customize it, you can’t customize Google’s crap.-There’s a CLI Ruby app that gives you Gmail features, proposed as a “mutt killer”. Use DuckDuckGo to find it using info given.-Tabs are modal (pain in the ass to drag stuff), it’s better using windows (you’ll get into the habit if you use Aero Snap). -Overlapping shit on the same page like in Gmail is just cluttered. -The redesign is fail because of poorly designed interaction of mouse for choosing mail is bad for wrist because it’s too spaced out.

    • Guest

      Thunderbird has good performance now, a compact mode, threaded messages and WAY better search than Gmail (Android, YouTube search suck as well). Outlook 2010 has threaded messages as well, you can probably get a discount if you’re still a student, or look up MSDNAA.

    • Anonymous

      I have Outlook 2010, and I’ve tried Thunderbird. I prefer using a web mail client; I really don’t care for Outlook nor do I care for Thunderbird.

      Gmail does everything I need it to, and I have no interest in signing up with and/or downloading third-party clients to do all these things that Chrome and IE9 already do for me. Instapaper works beautifully with Reader, and NewsBlur is just ugly, so no thanks.

      Anyways, what does all of this have to do with Hotmail vs. Gmail? Both are web-based email clients, and I prefer Gmail. I have no interest in Outlook/Thunderbird/etc.

    • Guest

      There’s roundcube.net and Zimbra, both are webmail. 

      Damn NewsBlur ugly?? Google stuff is like Office 2003, NewsBlur is like Firefox 4, IMHO anyway. 

      Anyway I’d rather not look at ads if I don’t have to, taking up my memory, distracting me and interrupting my workflow (Ctrl+F). 

      Gmail slows down every so often because of the server, whereas you can use a C/C++, Assembly app that’s faster. I’d rather be able to access my mail offline, be able to export, have the possibility that someone will look at the source code and see what it does, host it whereever, access mail from an OS without a web browser (like nightlies), not lose my mail like what happened to people earlier this year, not have new services foisted onto me (Buzz), not be locked in or have your privacy invaded (read license).

    • Anonymous

      Just because I do not use Outlook or an offline client does not mean that I don’t keep a backup of my email offline, because I do. However, I prefer the interface in Gmail and greatly enjoy the tight integration of my Google Account with Reader, Google Voice, and Picasa. Also, I don’t have any ads because I use Google Apps.

      Anyways, the original poster was comparing Hotmail and Gmail, which is what I did, and, to me, Gmail is far superior to Hotmail. Also, the ads in free Gmail are far less annoying than the giant graphic ads in Hotmail. You prefer your open source apps, and that’s fine, but they’re not for me.

    • Guest

      Local emails can be searched by Windows Search, Spotlight, GREP etc.

    • Anonymous

      I have Outlook 2010, and I’ve tried Thunderbird. I prefer using a web mail client; I really don’t care for Outlook nor do I care for Thunderbird.

      Gmail does everything I need it to, and I have no interest in signing up with and/or downloading third-party clients to do all these things that Chrome and IE9 already do for me. Instapaper works beautifully with Reader, and NewsBlur is just ugly, so no thanks.

      Anyways, what does all of this have to do with Hotmail vs. Gmail? Both are web-based email clients, and I prefer Gmail. I have no interest in Outlook/Thunderbird/etc.

    • Guest

      Oh yeah, roundcube.net is a free, open souce AJAX web mail client like Gspymail that you can host yourself.

    • Anonymous

      There are a few things that, to me, are reasons to use Gmail over Hotmail.

      1) Priority Inbox. Hotmail doesn’t have anything like it, and it’s my favorite feature in Gmail.
      2) Call phone. Having my Google Voice number directly integrated into Gmail is amazing. It’s so easy to make and receive VoIP calls, check my voicemails, send and receive texts, etc. Microsoft doesn’t provide anything like Google Voice.
      3) Reader. It’s not a part of Gmail, but it’s tightly integrated with my Google Account and another killer app not found in Hotmail.
      4) Video conferencing and voice chat are also built directly into the Gmail web app. With Hotmail you have to use the separate Live Messenger desktop application to video conference.

    • Anonymous

      Hotmail has a loading bar too. Hotmail tends to be slower than Gmail IMO.

    • Anonymous

      I have almost weaned myself off of Gmail but not because of speed because I find to be fast. But starting with Google Buzz auto-enrolling me in a bunch of public crap (I’ll never forgive them for that);
      having my emails read for targeted adds is creepy; setting up the street view cars to pilfer all the data they could get from unsecure routers, etc. all adds up to me not trusting Google anymore at all. They are mining and profiling everyone beyond what they should be allowed to get away with.

    • Anonymous

      I use and like both.

      Pretty much as long as I’ve had a computer I just used Outlook and my ISP email.  Well after changing ISP’s 50 times, I got tired of using a new email and a friend recommended Gmail.  Webmail was quite different than Outlook, but I adjusted and like some of the other unique features.  I started using Hotmail in prep for getting a WP7 device back in September and really don’t understand the hate some vocal people have for it.  It does a number of unique things better than Gmail and is a competitive alternative based on one’s individual preferences.  Even the emails were easy for me, as I have a unique enough name where both addy’s are firstname at gmail or live dot com.  It’s great.

      But right now, for the most part I use Windows Live Mail for all of my email needs.  It’s less extensive than Outlook, but in a good way.  I just recently got Office 2010, but haven’t switched back to Outlook.  I don’t know if I need to.

      Anyway, Hotmail vs Gmail … it doesn’t have to be that way.  Use both and see how awesome the both are in their own ways.

  • http://twitter.com/IanMitchel1 Ian Mitchell

    I don’t understand why people would choose gmail over hotmail. Any web based email program that needs a loading bar is doing something fundamentally wrong, I’m sorry.

  • GP007

    Nice, they keep making the Live services/apps better and better.  

  • GP007

    Nice, they keep making the Live services/apps better and better.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678952075 Kwesi Banson Jnr

    Great from Microsoft….. I just love the company…!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678952075 Kwesi Banson Jnr

    Great from Microsoft….. I just love the company…!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678952075 Kwesi Banson Jnr

    Great from Microsoft….. I just love the company…!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678952075 Kwesi Banson Jnr

    Hotmail has improved so much over some few years….Thumbs Up MSFT….!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678952075 Kwesi Banson Jnr

    Hotmail has improved so much over some few years….Thumbs Up MSFT….!!

  • http://twitter.com/dauf dauF

    I still hope there will be a TAB features for live mail…

    • JustPassingThru

      + 1 on that.. :-)

  • Anonymous

    I use gmail because it’s simpler and looks better.

  • Anonymous

    it looks nice! and finally i found where i could change hotmail calender language so its even better lol

    hotmail looks awesomer and amazinger everyday!

  • Anonymous

    it looks nice! and finally i found where i could change hotmail calender language so its even better lol

    hotmail looks awesomer and amazinger everyday!

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    I can’t wait to get the mini-calendar!! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000678662470 Vincent Haakmat

    Can’t wait to see the Skype integration next, to bring it on par with Gmail’s voice. And since they’re so cozy with Facebook, they might as well add that to their integration tools. So if that is what yet to come, then I am a happy 12 year Hotmail user

  • Anonymous

    I actually do not like  gmail interface per say but the main reason to use gmail is actually how low-rent the ads are in Hotmail. It is incredible how retro terrible they are – the look is straight out of a 2002 virus factory and it makes the service look really bad. Whatever short term money the ads make them over something more tasteful is well lost over the fact that it looks woefully unprofessional.

  • blackletter

    My primary email client is Microsoft Outlook supported by Microsoft Exchange. In my opinion, Outlook when supported by Exchange is the finest, most sophisticated commercial email service available today. Nothing can touch it in terms of synchronized email, calendar, tasks, and notes. It’s perfectly integrated with my HTC HD7S. However, I do also have a yahoo, gmail, and live mail account. By far, I prefer live mail over yahoo and gmail. Considering live mail’s integration with SkyDrive and Outlook, live mail is the best free web based email.

  • http://www.hcltouch.com Hcltouch

    Hotmail and Gmail both are completely different Mail Systems, Hotmail is a great email tool in terms of User Interface, Spamming, Gmail is also a great tool but Gmail still fails to stop repetitive Spams, from last few months Gmail has tried to improved a lot by adding priority inbox feature, Phone number verification which are quite disturbing sometimes, People hardly like to check mails based on priority…Where as Hotmail has been quite simple in its objective that u can login and send or check your mails instantly whenever you require..

  • Otipoby

    I used to use and still love Outlook (even though Paul Thurrott hates it).  I switched to Gmail when I bought my WP7 since WP7 does not sync with Desktop Outlook.  It took me a little while to get used to not having folders but rather Labels.  However, I love labels now and think going back to a single folder will be hard.

    Funny thing is, Outlook has had Categories for contacts, which behave the same as Labels, forever.

    • http://twitter.com/Johannespreekt Johannespreekt

      Don’t know if you have seen the way Microsoft prefers you use Outlook together with WP7, but I really like it because your email is automatically backuped and you can enter it everywhere just like hotmail only with your own domain and you can still use it in the same way within Outlook!

  • Anonymous

    If one of those new features is IMAP support then I’m a happy man