What's new in Windows Live Hotmail?

Like many, I discovered I finally got the new Hotmail interface today. Here’s what’s new:

It's faster and better!

  • Enjoy a cleaner look and faster performance.

  • A combined "classic" and "full" version of Hotmail means everyone gets access to all the great features Hotmail has to offer. One version = greater simplicity.

  • You choose how to display your reading pane to preview messages - side, bottom, or off.
  • A great new contact picker makes it easier to look up contacts when writing an e-mail.

  • Type the first few letters of a friend's name or an e-mail address who you want to send an e-mail to, Hotmail fills in the rest.

  • Dress up Hotmail with one of several new design themes.

We're also building some new stuff in Hotmail (scheduled to be available by early 2009), including

  • Ever-growing storage. Your inbox capacity will automatically increase as you need more space.
  • IM through Hotmail. See if your Messenger contacts are online and say "Hi! :-)"
  • Helpful new calendar features that make it easier to share your calendar with friends and family.
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