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    Coping with Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4


    By Woody Leonhard

    Microsoft's new version of Windows Live Hotmail brings several new features to the online-mail table.

    Some of you have written me with tales of woe, cursing the new version and the Windows Live horse it rode in on and begging to get your old Hotmail back. Sorry, you can't.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/2010/09/16/01 (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.
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    Just done reading this article by Woody in my newsletter.I for one haven't liked or used hotmail since acquiring a gmail account.When I got my first computer, about 16 years ago or more?, I used hotmail and also messenger to chat with.But I have not used either one for many years now.I have many email accounts and run them all through one basic gmail account.I have tried many different ways to filter all my emails and feel that gmail does the best job.After reading Woody's first warning on hotmails privacy issues I went and deleted all my messenger information(not messenger itself)and deleted any left over emails saved there.Checked all the privacy settings and made appropriate changes.
    I will never go back to using hotmail again.
    Very happy with gmail accounts,mosie

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    I have never been so irritated by anything as I was with Hotmail a few months back.

    I thought I would like a dedicated email address to go with one of my blogs, so I signed up for a Hotmail account. It wanted to know your life history, including phone number, which I reluctantly gave to it. I immediately started receiving advertisements, more accurately known as spam, and then a junk phone call. Besides that, I could never get the ineptly-designed sign in to work right. I haven't even tried to access the mailbox since, and I hope it dies on the vine because by now it's probably full of Viagra ads. I just hope it isn't spoofing my address and sending them to everyone under the sun with my nom de plume, which refers to literary and religious matters not remotely commercial in nature.

    This activity completely ruined what I started out to do with the address. I won't spill a lot of ink inveighing against being advertised to ad nauseam, but I would remind advertisers, and those who provide vehicles for them, that less is more.

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    @Mosie -

    Gmail is my online provider of choice, too. I'm always mystified why my brother continues to use AOL Mail - but that's the subject of a different story.

    @Nancy -

    Next time you sign up for a Hotmail account, tell the registration screen that your name is William Gates III, you live at 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond WA 98052-7329, and your phone number is 425-882-8080. Your registration should go right through, and you're not likely to receive too many junk phone calls.
    Woody

    For Dummies book author, Senior Contributing Editor for InfoWorld, and long-suffering Windows victim. Check out the latest at AskWoody.com.

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    I've been a Hotmail user from its inception, and have tested the waters of most of the other similar programs. I like Outlook, but it is not free, so when Windows One came along, I was at first concerned for my Hotmail, but soon realized that WO bundled with Hotmail, gave me everything that Outlook had, and for free. However, with free programs, there is no control over changes; whereas, with commercial programs, like Outlook, there is. He is a good example:

    Thank-you for your interest in Windows Live Alerts. After much consideration we have decided to discontinue this service as part of the Windows Live offerings. Please sign up with Windows Live Alerts partners directly to receive their newsletters or other content updates from them. Hotmail Calendar Alerts and reminders will continue to be managed by Windows Live Alerts for the time being.
    Pete

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