Windows Live

The Good Windows Live Hotmail offers both a new interface and a Classic view; inline dictionary and thesaurus; built-in audio player; basic image editing; automatic link and image blocking; integrates with desktop Windows Live Mail and Outlook.

The Bad Hotmail includes ads in the interface and your e-mail messages; no RSS newsreader; storage is smaller than that of competitors; lacks built-in chatting as well as integration with mapping and blogging; some features only work in Internet Explorer.

The Bottom Line Drag-and-drop message organization and a built-in MP3 player are among the notable new features to this radical overhaul of Hotmail.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Support 6.0
7.0 Overall

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Windows Live

Much like the ongoing renovation of Yahoo Mail beta, the MSN Hotmail service has undergone a face-lift that makes it resemble a desktop e-mail client. Like Yahoo, the new Windows Live Hotmail uses a blend of dynamic HTML and JavaScript--dubbed AJAX--to preload messages so that you don't have to wait long for content to appear. Other convenient tweaks include the capability to drag and drop messages into folders. Unlike Yahoo and Gmail, Microsoft's popular e-mail service has emerged from beta testing as a final product for all users to try--although more features are likely to trickle in soon.

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