Windows Live Hotmail

Windows Live Hotmail

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 44 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    130,173
  • Date Added:
    May 05, 2005
  • File Size:
    1KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    41
  • Operating Systems:
    Webware

Editors' Review

+

This Web-based e-mail client is easy to use, but it doesn't offer much in storage space compared to competing sites. MSN Hotmail isn't a downloadable application; rather, a link takes you to MSN's site to register for a Hotmail account.

The Inbox interface is very intuitive to use, thanks to large, clearly marked buttons, although it is a little cluttered with the Flash advertisements that are typical of Web-based e-mail clients. The default font size is a bit small, but that and other settings are simple to change from the Options menu. The interface for composing a message is very clean and included no ads during our tests. When we set up an appointment or added a contact, however, the site responded sluggishly and we were unable to save those new listings. Otherwise, the program responded quickly when we performed other tasks.

The basic e-mail services are free, but competing sites such as Yahoo! and Gmail offer larger storage capacity and more readable font sizes. Regardless, if you're searching for a Web-based e-mail client that you can use anywhere, and storage size isn't an issue, Hotmail is worth trying out.

 
read more +

Publisher's Description

+
 
read more +
User Reviews
+
  • Current Version

    3.1

    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 11
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 11
  • My rating

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1–10 of 38

2 stars

"Mediocre at best"

August 29, 2012  |  By sherifftm

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Large attachments.............not a lot else, except storage size.

Cons

Slowwwwwwww. Keeps saying "Can't connect to hotmail right now". Get "Loading.............." "Loading.............." "loading................" Fails to delete email from reading window occasionally- need to go back to folder view and delete. Won't keep default font type and size when composing: if you don't like Tahoma 10pt, then tough! Feedback to hotmail asks what version I'm running. I have no friggin' idea how to do that and neither does Microsoft!!

Summary

I was entranced early on and I'm sorry I was. It's too bad ther's no 'light' version for us 'non-power' users. About 75% of what's in hotmail I don't need/can't use.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"for several months its rubbish, cant handle it"

February 18, 2011  |  By frankis388

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

I have been using it for ages happily, but not anymore 000000000

Cons

never works, unstable, lousy prog.

Summary

nothing more to tell

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"very basic and slow"

September 08, 2010  |  By linwren

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

pretty colours & design

Cons

slow,unhelpfull, no spellcheck (use brower spell check!) no fonts except basic & set default & the spam/junk control is none existing. Also got a nasty habit of putting the mail not by dated recieved but all jumbled up, nightmare if time limited

Summary

Hotmail live is awful, basic and lifeless. If they charged for this they'd go bankrupt very quickly.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Its a great service, does what it says it does."

September 03, 2010  |  By chemist62

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

On my computer as the download it works great as a client. Nicely done. The internet interface even works on my Android phone.

Cons

Spell cheking is only in one language. Cannot figure out how to spell-check in another.

Summary

Security and safety are great. This is the big strength. Offcourse hotmail or live cannot determine what you do on your computer safety wise, but they do a great job with junk, spam and viruses. Just recenlly someone could not send me e-mails, they were returned to him "as the reult of a Windows LIve policy". It turns out that he is on a server whose IP address is used by a virus to open a backdoor on infected computers. I found that quite impressive. This happened to me before with another e-mail contact, similar policy notice, but this time for spam. I feel save using this client software or hotmail on-line. In both cases, the contacts were legitimate businesses, they were unpleasently surprised. Comes to show, choose your e-mail server well.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"I just don't like it!"

July 26, 2010  |  By dark syco

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Nice UI...

Cons

Crappy everything else! slow and awful spam filtering!

Summary

Don't use it, Use something elce instead, like Gmail or Yahoo Mail... Please!!!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Best online email. Ever growing storage starts at 5GB."

September 07, 2009  |  By xmail11

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Fantastic interface. Very fast. Excellent folder control. Send and receive other email accounts through Hotmail. Excellent calendar and contacts that sync with Windows Live Mail desktop app or Outlook. Choice of @hotmail.com or @live.com address.

Cons

There are not cons.

Summary

This is a great service that offer much more than the others in terms of a full featured mail, calendar, contacts, photos, online file storage, events, groups, etc. that also syncs with your laptop. Get access to all your stuff whether you are online or not, and whether you are using your own computer or someone else's.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"No Way!!!!"

May 17, 2009  |  By jaystoltz

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

nothing at all

Cons

everything !!!!!!! IT SUCKS !!!!!!!!!!

Summary

The mail client keeps making me resign up no matter I just did it.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"AMAZING EMAIL"

March 13, 2009  |  By NickKaplan

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

All the services that come with Hotmail as well as Hotmail itself. It also comes with "Windows Live" desktop apps that are wonderful.

Cons

Absolutely nothing.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"I wish i could get back on to it MSN Hotmail,i like it"

February 05, 2009  |  By michaelschumacher1956

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

MSN Hotmail i love

Cons

Windows live i hate

Summary

Iwish it was back again i enjoyed MSN hotmail

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

3 stars

"Es un buen cliente email, pero gmail es muco mejor"

January 06, 2009  |  By lokkimokki_marina

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Lo que funciona bien con MSN messenger

Cons

Un poco lento

Summary

Lo recomiendo a los microsoft freaks

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Results 1–10 of 38

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Windows Live Hotmail
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

 
see all reviews +

Full Specifications

+
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date May 05, 2005
Date Added May 05, 2005
Version
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Webware
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1KB
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 130,173
Downloads Last Week 41
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
Add to my list Report a problem
 
read more +
Close[x]

Submit a problem report for Windows Live Hotmail

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK