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Hotmail passes Gmail in webmail storage race

The bar in free web-based email has just been raised – this time by Microsoft. The software giant in Redmond on Wednesday said that it would bump its 2GB storage limit for Hotmail users up to 5GB.

The storage race may have started with Gmail, but now Google’s webmail service sits in last spot of the “big three” with under 2.9GB of storage. Yahoo still leads the pack with its advertised unlimited storage.

More than twice the storage isn’t the only thing new for Hotmail users. As noted by Hotmail program manager Ellie Powers-Boyle’s blog, the webmail should now respond to user commands faster. “We’ve spent more time in this release identifying what parts of the product are slowest and fixing those. We hope that you notice an improvement when this update is released to your account, and we’ll continue our work on performance in future releases,” Powers-Boyle wrote.

Hotmail users with multiple contact entries for the same person will find that the new version will have consolidated all duplicates into one. Powers-Boyle gives the example, “If you get a message from ‘Steve Kafka’ and click “add contact” but there’s already a Steve Kafka, we’ll let you know and let you add Steve’s other e-mail address to your existing ‘Steve Kafka’ contact entry. We’re just trying to be smarter to make your life easier and faster. There’s also a wizard you can run to clean up your existing duplicate contacts.”

Hotmail has also taken a page from Gmail’s playbook and now blocks images and links in messages from unknown senders as protection from spammers and phishing scams. The new version also opens up email forwarding, but free accounts may only forward to other Hotmail accounts – and area that Gmail is still ahead.

Another feature that should please Hotmail users is now the option to turn off the “Today” page. Powers-Boyle said that the feature to see the inbox immediately was a product of listening to user demands, writing, “I hope you remember this as the Hotmail team listening to what you want.”

The Hotmail team says it will continue to add improvements according to user feedback.



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RE: Hotmail vs Gmail
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 8/16/2007 1:38:02 PM , Rating: 2
I use both, and both are the exact same........ well, because I pipe both of them into Outlook 2007 :)


RE: Hotmail vs Gmail
By omnicronx on 8/16/2007 1:50:06 PM , Rating: 2
I just like gmail because its not cluttered with anything but your email. Hotmail has tons of crap that most people never even touch, i dont sign on to Hotmail so that i can easily access msn.com features.
I also use outlook 07, but i seem to have problems filtering junkmail, it keeps blocking emails i send to myself heh. And if i exclude my email, i get alot of phised junk email where the sender comes up as myself ;)


RE: Hotmail vs Gmail
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 8/16/2007 1:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
Stop phishing yourself then eh?


RE: Hotmail vs Gmail
By omnicronx on 8/16/2007 1:55:24 PM , Rating: 4
cant help it, its addictive, like crack or pcp.


RE: Hotmail vs Gmail
By TomZ on 8/16/2007 3:54:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you send e-mail to yourself? Maybe you need to make some friends. Kidding!


RE: Hotmail vs Gmail
By omnicronx on 8/16/2007 4:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
lol, I work in two locations, and i live in two locations. And if i left all my work and schoolwork up to a USB key, i would surely lose it. I also have 3 computers, 1 at home, 1 at school, 1 laptop for school heh. (yes even i am confused)


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