Hotmail updated to include Outlook-like features

By Tom Warren, on 23rd Jun 11 8:51 pm with 11 Comments

Microsoft detailed its new Hotmail features on Thursday.

The company has been updating Hotmail over the past week to include a number of new features. Hotmail users will now notice a new right-click menu that allows them to reply, reply all, or forward messages. The feature expands on other right-click options that Hotmail already supports such as Mark as unread, Delete, Junk, Move and View message source. “Just like in Outlook, it’s even quicker to take care some of your most common tasks using that second button on your mouse,” says Microsoft’s Dick Craddock.

Hotmail now supports a number of new keyboard shortcuts that are identical to Outlook. Ctrl+N will create a new message and ctrl+enter will allow Hotmail users to send their message. Microsoft has also added in Yahoo and Gmail shortcuts too. # (from gmail) can now be used to delete messages and N (from Yahoo) will create a new email message. Microsoft has published a full list of Hotmail keyboard shortcuts here.

Microsoft has also been addressing a number of common complaints during its updates to Hotmail this week. The company has improved how the back button works and how attachments get saved with draft mails. Deleted messages are now easier to recover through a new link in the deleted folder. “And as some of you may have noticed, we’ve started rolling out speed improvements that combine smart programming with the best of HTML5 to make your inbox super fast,” says Craddock. “We’ll tell you more about this in the coming days.”

The Hotmail updates are available immediately.

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

    I really like the Wave 5 Hotmail version. They just need to make the storage unlimited.. not 5GB that ‘grows with you’.

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

    I really like the Wave 5 Hotmail version. They just need to make the storage unlimited.. not 5GB that ‘grows with you’.

  • Ronit Kumar

    That’s a brilliant news! MS is really on fire

    http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/06/windows-8-for-software-developers-the-longhorn-dream-reborn.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss&comments=1#comments-bar

    This is another brilliant information! (though you managed to cover the fact that Silverlight is in the heart of windows before them, Congo!!). Win 8 is actually the best a developer can look forward to, as pointed in this article! Developers happy? :)

  • Ronit Kumar

    That’s a brilliant news! MS is really on fire

    http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/06/windows-8-for-software-developers-the-longhorn-dream-reborn.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss&comments=1#comments-bar

    This is another brilliant information! (though you managed to cover the fact that Silverlight is in the heart of windows before them, Congo!!). Win 8 is actually the best a developer can look forward to, as pointed in this article! Developers happy? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastian-Halbig/100000160823016 Sebastian Halbig

    I didn’t really catch the new features but I’m sure they know what they do. :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastian-Halbig/100000160823016 Sebastian Halbig

    I didn’t really catch the new features but I’m sure they know what they do. :)

  • A Fan

    Hey, my recent decision to switch from Yahoo to Hotmail (actually, Live) is looking better everyday!

  • http://twitter.com/jimmyfal Jimmy Fallon

    Still missing, 1,000 contact limit? Have they fixed that? If they could just add that and let tasks, and categories sync witht he F-ing Outlook Connector, we would only have half of the original Outlook user crowd still pissed off that there is no direct sync to Outlook. Not sure who Tom knows at MS to get all these first hand updates, but YOU DA MAN!

    • http://ahylianhuman.me Rod Davis

      Just out of curiousity, what are you doing with 1,000 contacts?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve pinned Hotmail + Skydrive on my Taskbar. There isn’t better and easier combination…