Microsoft's Hotmail Gets A Makeover: Here's What's NewS

Hotmail, that filthy webmail service we'd secretly use for our throwaway accounts is about to turn into something we might want to use regularly. The service is getting a thorough overhaul and plenty of new features:

  • A "Sweep" feature that appears to be a "hybrid of bulk actions and rules" by allowing you to apply actions to a bunch of emails at once while setting rules for future correspondences.
  • Slideshows for attached images—incoming or outgoing.
  • Exchange support.
  • Office Web Apps that'll open attached documents right in your browser.
  • The ability to play videos right in your inbox just as you can with Gmail's YouTube integration.
  • Better filtering options.

You can check out a detailed rundown of the new features—good and bad—over at Technologizer, but these are the basics of Hotmail's long-overdue makeover. [Technologizer; Techflash]