Windows Live team detailed their efforts they did recently to speed up Hotmail for the users. When you are using Hotmail on the web using a browser, you may have experienced delay in opening a mail or deleting a mail, etc. That won’t be the case anymore, thanks to latest browsers like IE9 and their HTML5 support. Here are some of the improvements in Hotmail made behind the scenes, Caching The old Hotmail requested fresh data from the server every time it was needed. For instance, when you signed in to the inbox, Hotmail would ask the server for the latest message list. When you opened and then closed a message, we would make you wait while we asked the server for the message list again. Similarly, if you opened that same message again, we would make you wait while we retrieved the message. Pre-loading Our analysis of usage patterns ...

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Microsoft has updates Hotmail, bringing better navigation, right click support and keyboard shortcuts and other enhancements which should not just make the web app easier and faster to use, but also easier to users from Yahoo Mail or Gmail coming over to Hotmail to use. A full list of the Hotmail shortcut keys can be find here. Read more at the Windows Team Blog here. ...

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We all know that Windows Live Wave 5 is under development, yet there is no word on its release date from Microsoft. From the past week, many new features are starting to appear for users around the globe. First is the updated header, which now has links only to Hotmail, Skydrive and Messenger, leaving out Photos. Second in Hotmail, there is a new options page with a feature to turn on preload messages for faster access. I tried it myself and found a noticable increase in speed of message display. Third in Hotmail, there is new option “Mark As” –> “My Friend Has Been Hacked” to notify Microsoft on hacked accounts. Nice updates right? via: Liveside ...

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It is a common misconception that Gmail is the biggest email service, but the truth is that Hotmail is largest internationally with 364 million users worldwide, and that it is second only to Yahoo Mail in USA, where it is pretty dominant. Microsoft is apparently not resting until its dominant worldwide, and is targeting frenemy Yahoo Mail in an effort to convert users. The site, which touts better security, fewer ads and less limitations on attachments, also a handy guide for switching from one to another. See Microsoft’s Move to Hotmail page here. ...

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One of the innovations Microsoft added to IE9 is support for notifications in websites pinned to the task bar. Facebook and Ebay already supports this, and now finally one of Microsoft’s highest profile properties, Hotmail, is also getting support for this feature. To get desktop notifications for new email on your taskbar without installing any additional software one simply need to sign in to Hotmail in IE9, go to your Inbox and drag the Hotmail tab from the address bar in IE down to the taskbar, and drop it there. The Jump List on the Pinned site of course also gives quick and easy access to shortcuts for composing a new email, your calendar and contacts. Windows Live Hotmail is the world’s largest web-based email service with nearly 364 million users, far ahead of rivals Yahoo! Mail (280 million) and Gmail (191 million). Read more about IE9 and Hotmail together ...

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Microsoft’s Hotmail team today announced that the Facebook Chat integration in Hotmail rolls out worldwide. Last year, Microsoft started their integration with Facebook which allows Hotmail, Messenger users to connect their accounts with their Facebook accounts. After the connection, the users can chat with their Facebook friends as a normal messenger friend inside both Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail. It works handy to connect with your Facebook friends when your workplace/academic institution has blocked Facebook but have access to Hotmail. More details here. ...

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