Hotmail is still the leading source for email accounts online, currently holding the largest database of users worldwide. However, Gmail has been making quick progress in catching up, building a high reputation and linking with Google Buzz and related applications such as Google Docs, and this is massively reflecting on their overall user count. Microsoft claim they are very proud of their performance throughout their email service, but feel improvement is most definitely required to move forward.
A new update is being developed and looks to be put into place for most users in July or August and will include an improved method of sharing files and images. The current attachment feature was “outdated” and required the following changes to:
- Allow web users to upload files to a server, bypassing limits to file size
- Allow users to view images and video from other online sources without having to leave their Hotmail page
- Provide users with an option to send all emails over an encrypted connection. This is an area which Google has already put into place as standard after they were hit by a recent attack
- Increase connectivity by allowing you to sync with mobile devices
Some future updates have also been lined up for Hotmail, such as the ability to have multiple email accounts as well as a chance to change email account names at any time. For a test drive, check out their preview site HERE, or the video guide on YouTube HERE.