Though it comes as a surprise to a lot people that I use Hotmail, I personally don’t find it to be a bad service, but it isn’t good enough for me to tell people to give it a shot for a variety of reason. Gmail is a good service, it implements certain features quite beautifully which make using it a pleasant experience. But Hotmail isn’t far.
There quite a bit of little annoyances that bother me time to time,
1. Sent Reply:
If you send a reply to a certain mail, Hotmail doesn’t provide you with an easy access to that mail, you have to go to the Sent Mail folder & then find your mail. Google’s threaded mail is an excellent implementation. Hotmail doesn’t necessarily need to copy it, but can simply put a quick link within the Inbox that would enable us to jump to the reply we sent.
2. Received Replies:
Please get rid of the highly irritating & extremely annoying ‘>’ from the emails. These ‘>’ for every line just make reading the mail a horrible task.
I simply don’t understand what is the purpose of these, why were they ever present in the first place itself? How & when they appear. But they do & its ANNOYING!
Hotmail needs to take cue from Google here, Google has an extremely wonderful attachment displaying method by which be it documents or Excel sheets or PDFs or images are displayed.
I cannot say the same about Hotmail, recently my cousin sent me an email with a bunch of family photographs, Hotmail did not show the images inline & neither was there a link to download all the attachments together. I had to download all the attachments 1 by 1. Painful!
Hotmail also needs to figure out a way to open documents, its become a necessity now. I’m pretty sure its not that difficult, if Google can, you can too.
4. Make What You’ve Added Usable:
Hotmail wave 4 added a brilliant feature of inserting maps into the email from a sidebar. Genius. But unfortunately it has never been able to find any place that I have ever searched for. Beyond the search term ‘Mumbai’ nothing can be found.
The same wave also added Live Messenger into Hotmail it was withdrawn within a couple of days. No reason, no explanation.
It would be so much more easier if my Inbox would show new mails without me having refresh the page.
If 1 had the ability to embed a Skydrive folder into an email it would be so great. Be it a particular Photos folder or a single file, being able to embed the download link within the mail would be kick ass! The days when people attached long files has gone.