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Windows Live Hotmail

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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.

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    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Mediocre at best"

    August 29, 2012  |   By sherifftm

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "for several months its rubbish, cant handle it"

    February 18, 2011  |   By frankis388

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    Pros

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

    Cons

    never works, unstable, lousy prog.

    Summary

    nothing more to tell

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  • 1.0 stars

    "very basic and slow"

    September 8, 2010  |   By linwren

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    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.

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  • 5.0 stars

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

    September 3, 2010  |   By chemist62

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I just don't like it!"

    July 26, 2010  |   By dark syco

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    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!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

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

    September 7, 2009  |   By xmail11

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    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.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No Way!!!!"

    May 17, 2009  |   By jaystoltz

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    Pros

    nothing at all

    Cons

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

    Summary

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

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  • 5.0 stars

    "AMAZING EMAIL"

    March 13, 2009  |   By NickKaplan

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    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.

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  • 5.0 stars

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

    February 5, 2009  |   By michaelschumacher1956

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    Pros

    MSN Hotmail i love

    Cons

    Windows live i hate

    Summary

    Iwish it was back again i enjoyed MSN hotmail

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  • 3.0 stars

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

    January 6, 2009  |   By lokkimokki_marina

    Version: Windows Live Hotmail

    Pros

    Lo que funciona bien con MSN messenger

    Cons

    Un poco lento

    Summary

    Lo recomiendo a los microsoft freaks

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