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Windows Live Hotmail update (Feb 2009) – how you’ll know you’ve got it

Here are a couple of screenshots of what you’ll see when you sign in to your Live Hotmail account – then you’ll know you’ve got the February update.

Here’s the opening page you’ll see if you’ve received the update:


As you (just) read from the above screenshot, the ad banner has been moved to the right-hand side of the page (if you’re a Hotmail Plus customer, there are no ads anyway to worry about).

Everybody starts with 5 Gb (5,000 megabytes of storage) and that increases as you store more in your Hotmail account. In other words, organise the mail you want to keep by creating folders (see Manage folders in the left-hand pane of the main Hotmail page). Note that as you add more folders, a scroll bar enables you to move through your list and Manage folders will be at the bottom of this list).

There’s a link to Learn More towards the bottom of the screenshot above so click that for more information – here’s part of the Learn More write up:


Here’s how your Hotmail page will look with the ad now placed on the right-hand side of the browser window:


You can see in the above screenshot that the user has used Options to layout their page so that messages are read on the right-hand side of the page. This column is now somewhat narrower than in the past and photos can’t be seen in the entirety in all cases. If this worries you, then use Options to change your reading pane to bottom.


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Posted using the latest update to Windows Live Writer 2009.


One response to “Windows Live Hotmail update (Feb 2009) – how you’ll know you’ve got it

  1. NO September 5, 2009 at 4:08 am

    I don’t want to constantly be UNABLE to use my spell check when I am composing e-mail because the yellow traiangle pops up and tells me you are updating It happends every day and I sign out, sign in the triangle appears up to 10 times. Stop doing this I want to write my mess, do spell check and send I don’t want updates when I am using hotmail It makes my life miserable Stop IT

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