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Windows Live Hotmail for Webware

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

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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Release November 7, 2008
Date Added May 5, 2005

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Operating Systems Webware
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

With Hotmail, anyone can read and receive e-mail messages from any computer in the world. It's great for people who use more than one computer, travel frequently, or do not own a computer. Your messages are stored in a central location, so your Inbox is always up to date, no matter where you are. With Hotmail you can feel more secure. With powerful spam filters and thorough virus scanning & cleaning, it helps keep your inbox free from contamination. Easily connect & share. A huge 5GB inbox and the ability to send up to 10MB files or photo so that you can send & receive e-mail from any Web connection. Express yourself with unique emotions, signatures, background choices, fonts & layout styles.
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