MSN Hotmail - Free Email Service

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The Bottom Line

MSN Hotmail email comes with solid security features and a straight forward, easy to use yet quite powerful interface. Unfortunately, Hotmail lacks POP or IMAP access, secure messaging is not supported, and email management tools as well as the spam filter could use some improvement.
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  • MSN Hotmail lets you accept mail from known senders only, makes it easy to report spam
  • Can be accessed comfortably from Outlook and Outlook Express
  • MSN Hotmail includes a rich text editor and is easy to use



  • An integrated upload tool helps you attach photos in good quality while keeping the file small.
  • MSN Mobile lets you access your Hotmail account in simple form from many a mobile phone.
  • You can access up to four POP accounts through MSN Hotmail (for subscribers only).

Expert Review - MSN Hotmail - Free Email Service

MSN Hotmail email not only looks nice, it also works nicely with its straight forward interface that makes most actions readily accessible with a few clicks (keyboard shortcuts would also be neat).

Hotmail can be accessed in and integrates well with Outlook Express or Outlook for a small fee.

Junk mail filtering (that could be better) is applied to incoming mail so your mailbox is not overly filled with spam. Instead, Hotmail makes it easy to distinguish mail from people you know, newsletters and messages from as-yet-unknown senders. Unfortunately, message threading, automatic classification and prioritizing and virtual folders are missing.

Rich Security and Editing Features

Should one or the other unwanted email make it to your Hotmail Inbox in spite of the spam filter, it is easy to report it and make the filter even better. MSN Hotmail also boasts great security features, especially if you access it from a public terminal, and it can block remote images in emails not from safe senders to protect your privacy.

If you decide to reply, Hotmail lets you use a nice editor for rich-text emails and a simple yet convenient tool for attaching photos in good quality at a low file size.

Where MSN Hotmail Email Comes Short

Unfortunately, this only works with Internet Explorer on Windows, and Hotmail's plain text editing skills are not nearly as refined. It is also a pity that MSN Hotmail does not support POP or IMAP access (though it is easy to retrieve Hotmail to any email client with one of the many third-party tools).

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