Microsoft said on Thursday that it has completed its Internet Explorer 9 Hotmail notifications feature.
The new functionality allows Internet Explorer 9 users to pin Hotmail and receive mail notifications. The icon updates to show the count of messages that have been delivered since you last accessed Hotmail, it then clears when you access your Hotmail Inbox. “We’ve been working on taking the next step and supporting notifications,” says Hotmail group program manager Dick Craddock. “We’re finishing the release of this feature today…when you’re signed into Hotmail and you’ve pinned it, we’ll show you a notification of how many new messages have arrived since you last checked your inbox.”
The feature is similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 tile which dynamically updates based on the number of unread emails. Internet Explorer 9 users can now keep Hotmail open and keep an eye on their IE9 notifications to see when new emails arrive.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 includes an enhanced UI, HTML5 support, hardware accelerated browsing and some great security improvements. Microsoft has included Tracking Protection in Internet Explorer 9. The new privacy feature allows consumers to address their concerns about being tracked on the web. Internet Explorer 9 offers users a new opt-in mechanism to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking such as cookies, web beacons, advertisements and trackers. Tracking protection involves lists that can be published online. Microsoft’s second security enhancement is the ability to block ActiveX controls. Internet Explorer 9 includes an “ActiveX filter” option. The filter allows users to switch off ActiveX elements within their session, furthering Microsoft’s commitment to security within its browser.
The company also plans to bring its improvements to the mobile space. Windows Phone 7 will include a mobile version of IE9 later this year. The company will also ship regular Platform Previews to keep developers ready for the next versions of Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 9 is just the start.