I don’t think there’s anyone who haven’t used Hotmail – so it’s time to update! Windows Live Mail is a part of Windows Live Ideas which is more than just a new webinterface to access your mail. It’s, as Microsoft says themselves:

“Your online world gets better when everything works simply and effortlessly together. That’s the basic idea behind Windows Live.”

So the live.com concept is simply putting all your online services together instead of keeping your mail in one place, your RSS feeds in another place, your favorites somewhere else and so on. But this article is not about the complete suite but Windows Live Mail. If you already have Hotmail – you can upgrade in a few seconds and still keep all your e-mails. Just go to ideas.live.com and click to register.

I already covered Hotmail, so I will only cover the news your get with Windows Live Mail. Please note that live.com is under heavy beta so new features will probably be added every week. Here are the main new features:

  • Previews of your messages you can read without leaving your inbox
  • Drag-and-drop organization
  • Easy importing of your Microsoft Outlook contacts
  • One-click control over junk and scam e-mails
  • Right-click power—reply, delete, and forward
  • 2 GB of storage

Compared to Hotmail – this is way better so I would suggest you change today! But if you’re using Google Apps for your domain, I think it’s just a matter of taste what you prefer.