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      26.01.2012 19:52
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      Worth getting , even if its just to send all your junk stuff too .

      I have used Hotmail since I started using a computer, I started using the internet on a computer from about the age of 14 onwards, and I had my first email on Hotmail. Since then I've had 4 different accounts because I got bored with signing up to different websites and receiving far too much junk mail.

      In the last year or so, I started up a London Black Cab Company (I won't say which one as I don't know the policy of naming certain companys, especially your own, on here) I deal with a lot of my work related emails using both my websites emails address Mitchell / Admin / Bookings @ XXXXXXXXXXXX.co.uk and also using the Hotmail LIVE.co.uk email address for different things.

      I've yet to fail to log into Hotmail , every time I've gone to log in , I've never had an issue with the website being down or anything , the junk filter isn't the best , but for a free email account , it's pretty good going .

      I've only had 2 issues with emails not coming though over the last 7 years and both times the support group were spot on a and had it sorted within the hour of me emailing them .
      Anyone after a quick, easy to use, free email address should defiantly get a Hotmail account

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      21.01.2012 02:05
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      Good website that I haven't had any problems with so far

      I set up my hotmail account a couple of years ago, after constantly being asked by websites for my email address as a username. Many of my other friends had used hotmail for a while, and they said it was a great website to set up an email address, as the security was great on it and the set up was simple.

      When you first set up your account, all you have to do is put in your name, address and create your email address. Then, you just pick a unique email address that no one else has, but Hotmail will always alert you if the one you pick isn't unique. Another handy feature it has is that they will let you know alternative emails to pick from which are close to the one you had previously selected.

      As soon as you have created your email address, it can be used. Usually you are redirected to it from the setup page. The homepage of hotmail is well laid out and designed, as it shows you your "Hotmail Highlights", which has your Inbox, Calendar, Contacts and Social Highlights all displayed clearly. These features are what makes hotmail so great, as it allows for multipurpose use and not just for emails.

      When I first got hotmail, I fiddled around with the settings of it and managed to turn my background into a different colour from the preset, this was a nice touch as you can customise it to your personal preference. Also, you have the ability to connect your account to Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn, so a great tool for anyone who uses social networking a lot.

      The Inbox itself has many features available. You can choose to select single emails or all emails in your account, which makes for faster moving and deleting. I regularly set up different folders within my Inbox, which makes organising them so much easier, as I can put different emails from different people into specified folders for them.

      Windows Live Messenger, although it is becoming less used due to things such as Facebook Chat, is still a useful tool to have. With your hotmail account, you are able to log into this service and use all of its free features. It is the best online messaging service for sending files that are large such as digitial photos or documents. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who has family or friends that have hotmail, as it can be easier communicating through it instead of email if you are both online at the same time.

      With your account you can also start using Skydrive, which is an easy to use storage facility. I can access my files from about any device, such as my iPad, which is great if I am on the go and want to show people things when I am not near my computer.

      The security of Hotmail is pretty decent for an email account, although many of my friends accounts have been hacked, mine has not yet and never will be hopefully! Although hackers are a problem, if you ensure that you have complex passwords and difficult security questions, there should not be a problem.

      Overall, I would say hotmail is a great site to use as it has many features available and the fact you can use it with Windows Live Messenger is a plus. With the new addition of things like Skydrive to, it keeps improving on itself and has little faults.

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      04.10.2010 12:47
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      A great email service, i recommend it to anyone.

      I've always used Hotmail, it was the 2nd email service i used, after using Outlook for a few months, i instantly took a liking to it. It's simple, there aren't loads of different windows to confuse you, theres no unneccesary buttons. It's great.

      Hotmail allows you to send massive attachments, up to 10GB i believe. It also lets you have unlimited email storage, so don't worry about getting tonnes of emails and having to delete some of them.

      The MSN application also links with you hotmail account, so when you sign into MSN, you will receive notifications when you receive an email, or if you have received an email whilst you were offline. Your Hotmail account can also link up to Facebook and Twitter to receive updates about your MSN contacts on both sites. Hotmail also allows you to block certain email addresses from contacting you again.

      All in all, its a great service, quick, easy, and has lots of useful features. All my friends use it and i highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good email service.

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        18.09.2010 17:25
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        Highly recommend

        Hotmail.com is probably the worlds most well-known email provider, with probably a billion accounts, although I might be nowhere near, even people not so tech savvy have probably heard of it.

        The site has changed a lot over the years, I have been with Hotmail for about 12 years and have never regretted it. The site now looks fresher and more easy on the eye than ever. With Hotmail being owned by MSN they kind of rebranded it, it's now known as Windows Live Hotmail, probably so people can recognise it has a Microsoft brand but I like the logo its fresh & eye catching.

        The inbox page is very easy on the eye too, with plain colours and not too cluttered with adverts, it has one large long advert on one side and that's it. You have great options with Hotmail to sort out your emails, you can create 'folders' to cateogrise emails, these are listed on the left of the screen, on the main part of the page you have all your emails, new ones are highlighted slightly and feature a bold image of an unopened envelope, where as read emails have an open envelope, so its very easy to see whats new and what isnt. You can view this list by sorting it how you wish either ascending or descending by date sent, sender name, subject, size or conversation.

        The junk mail filter is actually very good, sometimes I find the odd email I signed up to in there but its easy to stop that, just click 'not junk'. In reverse most of my junk mail does go in there so stops my inbox being clogged up with junk mail.

        I really like Hotmail, I recommend it to everybody having being with them for about 12 years and not even bothering to try an alternative for my personal email account.

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        27.06.2010 00:22
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        I'm perfectly happy with it, but there may be better options for newer users.

        I first signed up to hotmail about ten years ago. Back then e-mail wasn't the huge deal it is now so I didn't get much and I ended up having that account suspended and then deleted for leaving it dormant for too long. This is probably not something that would happen now, especially if you were using it as your primary e-mail address but its something to be aware of and worth checking what the time limits are these days.

        I now use hotmail as my main e-mail address and am pretty happy with it. I have never had any issues with it being hacked into, possibly because I change my passwords regularly and I keep them very random as opposed to something in my life that could be guessed, so it might be worth doing these things too.

        I am happy with the amount of storage available and have never had to delete any e-mails other than unwanted junk. They are all sorted into specific folders which are very easy to create and manage on hotmail.

        Hotmail is very user friendly and easy to navigate, it is easy to add new contacts to your address book and easy to quickly find a contact just by typing the first few letters of the address into the 'to' box, where it will magically appear!

        Adding attachments is simple, although a higher data allowance would be nice, it is currently only 10MB which is adequate but not generous.

        The spam filter is pretty rigorous, in fact its worth keeping an eye on your junk folder because from time to time something you actually wanted will end up in there accidentally.

        Overall, I am very happy with hotmail and will continue to use it. The only downside I can see from a new users point of view is that it has become so popular that all the obvious and best e-mail addresses are already taken!

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        09.06.2010 21:33
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        I joined Hotmail several years ago; I had spent a long time not having an e-mail address of my own and always used my dads, but one day when messing around on the computer I decided to have a go at setting myself one up.  I have several friends that are on Hotmail and they have always said how easy it is to set us and use so I thought I would try it out. 
        The actual setting up of the account is very simple; all you need to do is fill out an online form with a few details, such as name address, age and so on.  You then need to pick what you would like as your e-mail address, it has to be something unique that no one else has, if you pick an address which already exists Hotmail will let you know.  Aswell as choosing an e-mail address you need to set up a password for your account, this needs to be used along with you new e-mail address every time you sign in. 
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        Once you have opened your Hotmail account you can start using it straight away.  To sign in you simply go to the Hotmail website (www.hotmail.co.uk) and type in your e-mail address and chosen password, providing the details you have typed in are correct you will be taken to you home page. 
         
        The Home Page
        On the home page it gives you details such as the date and day, the weather and the most recent 3 e-mails you have received.  Three is also a help option if you are experiencing any problems and an option to customize your home page, here you can change the colour scheme and theme of you e-mail account to suit you (mines pink) Along the top are more links including options to store your picture, I have not actually tried this but from what I am told it is similar to storing you photos on Facebook, and then they can be shared with your friends.  Along the top of the home page is also the link which takes you to you inbox, this is where you will find all your e-mails. 
         
        You're Inbox
        As I have said this is where all e-mails you receive and send can be found.  Once you open you account it is set up with the basic folders which are inbox, junk, drafts, sent and deleted, all of which are pretty self explanatory.  Along the left hand side of the inbox page is an option called manage folders, here you can add fodders to the original list inorder to manage your e-mails better, I have added several to mine, I even had a folder for when I was buying my house as I contact my solicitor a lot by e-mail, it just means you do not have a huge list of e-mails to plough through when trying to find something.  I find it useful to have different folders for things so that once an e-mail ahs been dealt with I can either delete it or if it is something I will need again I move it to a separate folder so I can easily find it at a later date. 
         
        There is also a link to your contacts here you can store information about all the people you regularly e-mail including name, address, telephone number ect, this is also useful because when you go to e-mail somebody if you have them stored in your contact list all you need to do is type in the first couple of letter of their name and it brings their e-mail address straight up for you so you do not have to remember everybody's e-mail addresses.  Again there is also the link to customize you home page and inbox as there was on the home page.
         
        MSN Messenger is also a part of Hotmail (again a link for this is on your home page and inbox) here you can talk to you friend 'live' and privately.  The conversation is just between you and the other person, there are no details of what is said left on your e-mails.  This is quite a good way to talk to people instantly for free, although i have not used this for quite some time now I often use to talk to friend on MSN when i was younger
         
        There are many different services Hotmail offers and I could be here all day listing them, I have described the main ones and the most popular ones, I found the best way to find out how they all work is to have a play around with them, although I still haven't tried some of them
         
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        I have heard some people say Hotmail is not particularly secure, I cannot comment on this as I have had not problems at all (touch wood) Personally I think as long as you are careful on the details you divulge then the security of Hotmail is OK, I never give away information such as my address or bank details over e-mails to people I do not know, and always delete any private information that could be used should anyone hack into your account.  My Hotmail is only for personal use so it does not matter if I deleted information from it.  So would I say Hotmail is secure enough for e-mailing, yes!!! As secure as a lot of other e-mail sites I would, as long as you are careful what information you keep and give out!!!
         
        Although I do think Hotmail is a good site especially for e-mail a while ago I was experiencing some problems with it. Every time I tried to send an e-mail it came up with a message saying they were either experiencing technical problems or that they were carrying out maintenance.  I have had this happen a couple of times to me now which is annoying when you are trying to send an e-mail, I'm not sure whether other sites have these sorts of problems or whether it is just Hotmail.  Overall though apart from this I would recommend Hotmail. 
         
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        Very easy to set yourself up with an e-mail address/ account
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        Many other services to use apart from e-mail
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        Does sometimes have technical problems meaning it can be hard to send e-mails but only happens occasionally.   

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          22.05.2010 21:06
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          Easy to use, interesting to use.

          After signing up to hotmail years ago, I finally started properly using it this year. Not only have I used hotmail to organise work related emails but I have also used it to organise my social emails for social networking sites such as facebook and dooyoo!

          Although I am initially impressed with hotmail and its services, I would not trust it to store any of my secure accounts details on. This is because many of my friends' hotmail accounts have been compromised, and one of my friends had someone access their bank account via their online account that was linked to their hotmail. After a large amount of research into how secure hotmail accounts really are, I have found out that a hacker can easily hack into your hotmail account just by knowing your account name, your real name and a few other details that are easy to find.

          Therefore, even though I am extremely impressed with the way hotmail works, and the way it allows you to easily network with your friends and have webcam/audio sessions with them. I would recommend people to use hotmail for networking with friends and not for any private or secure. I would also recommend monitoring your account and making sure that you know who you are adding to your hotmail contacts list.

          Overall, I do enjoy and regularly use hotmail but I would use another, more secure mail providers (such as mail.com) to link secure accounts to.

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          06.05.2010 12:24
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          Not great.

          I have some mixed feelings about hotmail.com. One the one hand I appreciate that it is free and you can keep an awful lot of space in your inbox and sending things is always very fast and reliable, but on the other hand I hate all of the advertising that surrounds it, all the spam that you end up getting, the links to your Facebook profile and MSN address, and also the tens and tens of features that it tries to get you to sign up for.

          After you log in to your account, you are instantly bombarded with all kinds of nonsense about your MSN and your network and "What's new with all your friends over the past seven days" and who has a new display picture and who changed their Messenger name - Completely unnecessary. Nonetheless, I can't argue for a second that it's not speedy, efficient and useful.

          I don't want to pay extra for a bigger account, I don't want to use Windows Live all the time, I don't want to look at people's "Live profiles" and I definitely don't want to use my email address as some kind of social networking service.

          It's an incredibly impersonal and mundane item. I just want to send an Email now and again. Also the interface isn't that great. There are plenty of things that you just can't do on hotmail, like looking at all the messages from a particular sender or customizing certain functions or ordering folders effectively. There are simply better Email clients out there I'm afraid, and I would argue that Gmail is the far superior platform.

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          05.05.2010 14:14
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          Great Site!

          Hotmail is a great way to set up an e-mail account for anything!

          I have used hotmail for over seven years and have never had any problems with it yet. As a student I have used it to transport my work and send e-mails to my friends below are a list of the advantages and disadvantages I feel the website has.

          Advantages:
          - Simple user interface anyone can use this I have been using the site from a young age for the features it offers and I know my grandparents also have accounts.
          - Great news page; on signing out of hotmail MSN appears giving you the latest news on demand.
          - Quick Set Up - I have used the site to create personal e-mail addresses, e-mail addresses for my Young Enterprise Company as well as e-mail addresses to keep in touch with my family. Because of the quick and easy set up you can create an account and send an e-mail within minutes.
          - Organising folders - This is made very simple through the managing folders features just a click away. This enables the user to organise their mail in to folders i.e. shopping, family, work etc.

          Disadvantages
          - Attachment files limit - In the unlikely event that you want to send a large document over e-mail this is not possible as hotmail has a limit of 10mb. Meaning you cannot send large picture or video files unless you purchase a premium account.

          Features that the Windows Live Hotmail account enables you to do:
          - MSN Messenger; This feature allows you to Instant Message (IM) your friends and family.
          - Xbox Live; In order to activate your xbox live account you need to have a Windows Live Account enabled.
          - Calendar; You can add events to your own calendar on your account.
          - MSN Space/ Profile; You can personalise and create your own account where you can post blogs and images for public or private viewing.

          In summary I think Hotmail is great as it provides a free way to e-mail friends and family and the range of features that it has on top of that make it even better and even more worthwhile having one!

          I would reccommend this site for anyone!

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            25.04.2010 00:38
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            grandpops is getting too old

            hotmail.com has changed recently as part of the windows live movement within Microsoft. The free mail service provides many new features which basically involve things to organise your life on the go and access it from any computer with an internet connection. There is however a few problems with this. I find the website to be quite confusing as to which buttons to which functions. I also find it very slow to complete requests and the pages tend to hang quite a lot.

            That said the website is very reliable in 7 years I don't remember it every being down or inaccessible. However, the hotmail server strips all the headers from your emails so you can never tell how your email arrived at your inbox. This can become a problem if you want to find out if a email is spoofed or actually real therefore I would not advise using hotmail or any web based email service for personal details or important tasks.

            I never used my hotmail now for emails but just as a log-in for other microsoft services which I much better executed. Hotmail is a product which is quite dated and could have been better in my opinion. My recommendations is Gmail.

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            13.04.2010 12:29
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            It's as simple as you want it to be

            Hotmail.com is an internet based email provider. Ever since I started using the internet I have used Hotmail and have found it very easy and reliable. When you visit the website to register these days they have the tagline "The simple way to do Email." That is true it is simple but they also have so many new features now that it can be as complicated as you want to make it.

            From what I remember it was very easy to register and only took a few minutes. You just have to provide the usual details and choose what you would like your email address to be. They will then tell you if this address is available and if not provide you with similar alternatives.

            Then you are free to start sending and receiving emails. The actual mail area is very simple and you have your basic inbox, outbox etc. and can create and manage your own folders and delete and move messages simply. Message writing is clear and simple too and you can easily add attachments to your messages. This is about as in depth as I go with it. I really don't take advantage of all the features they offer such as to do lists and online calendars. I have linked my account to Outlook so these benefits are of no use to me. However I do know people who use them and they seem impressed.

            The only problem I have ever found with my email account is when someone tries to send me a file that is very large it sometimes gets rejected. They obviously have a limit on the size of files you can receive, although I'm not sure what the limit is.

            To be honest so much has changed with this website I can't be bothered to sift through it all to see if there are any features that interest me. I'm happy with the email service and they probably would have something else there that would be good for me but I like to keep things simple so for me Hotmail.com will always just be about email.

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            06.04.2010 19:02
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            Overall, a great email account for all

            I have now been using hotmail for a number of years as it's free and have various other accounts like yahoo and googlemail but for me hotmail was then a few years back and still is not the best email system around and it's also hugely popular and successful. I reckon if you asked 10 of your friends what their personal email account is then most would say they have a hotmal account they use.

            I actually have various hotmail accounts scattered about as they are so easy and simple to set up and don't take too much time. So you can set up an email address which at the time was whatever name you choose that is available and then followed by hotmail.com or hotmail.co.uk. The system will tell you when you put in your name whether it's available or not. You then set up a password where it determines how strong it is by what you have entered, so it's best to enter letters, numbers and capitals in it. This prevents hackers from getting into your account anyway as it's harder to crack. You then fill in a few simple details like address and name etc. and you are ready to go and sign in from the hotmail website.

            Once you login to your hotmail email account you will be surprised perhaps at just how easy it is to use. There is a huge amount of free storage available to you on the free standard hotmail package that has been increased over the years. It's more than enough for me anyway. You can also set up folders so you easily file your emails in the place you want and can find with ease.

            When you create or edit a message you can use HTML or simple text format, so in HTML you get use of bold and underlining and other formatting tools on offer. The edit of an email before sending works in much the same way as Microsoft Word and will automtically save your draft in case you forget about sending it.

            You are also able to attach files to the email before sending out which doesn't take too much time but a bit longer for larger files. I have often send documents and photos etc. which has all been fine.

            Another nice feature is that you can decide which emails to receive by using what's called a junk mail filter. You can then filter certain addresses or people that will be blocked each time and sent straight to junk mail or even trash.

            If you've never tried hotmail for ease of use I much prefer it and you should give it a go.

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            02.04.2010 02:18
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            Why not give it a go?

            Ask anyone about email address's and most people will first mention hotmail. Most people I know have a hotmail address and I have one myself.

            Hotmail was the first email programme I knew about when I started using the web, and it has been the one I have mainly used since. I have used other email services, but have always stuck with hotmail in the end as I have gotten the best use and service from it. I signed up to hotmail in 2000, and still have the same email account now.

            I find that hotmail is the easiest web based email service to use. The sign up for my email address only took a couple of minutes and they only needed general information and some security questions to set up my email. They even sent me an email on how to start my account up and running once I had signed up. Signing into my email is really easy, I just go to www.hotmail.com and type in my email address and password. As hotmail is web based, I can do this from any computer or web service in the world. I can even save my email address and password to sign in straight away, from my own computer should I so wish to.

            I currently have unlimited storage in my inbox, so I never have the worry of wether my inbox will get too full if I can not check it for a certain amount of time. I also do not have to worry about spam or unwanted junk mail, as I can set filters to take this kind of mail straight to a junk mail folder, or to be deleted straight away. I never have to bother with it all. Anything I specifically want to go into my inbox, I can set to go in there with my safe list of senders. I can also easily block certain address or subjects and types of email. I can report spam mail too, to ensure that I do not get email I do not want.

            Hotmail supply an address book, so I can store all emails of friends, family and work mates, and anyone else who I need to keep in contact with. You can add your own nicknames and information to this address book, so it makes it all the more easier to organize your contacts.
            You can upload up to 10mb attachments to each email you send, and the upload is really easy, just click and select your files.

            Hotmail is by far the easiest and quickest email service I have ever used, and I have never had a problem with them. I recommend them to everyone, as it is really easy to use, and is free too, so why not?

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            Worth a try, but you may move on to another

            Need an email address? Hotmail provides free of charge.

            The long running hotmail site has provided email addresses to literally millions of people for many years (I got my first one over 12 years ago). The free service is easy to register with the clearly marked site asking for just some basic details from you before giving you your own hotmail address. You can pick your own email address (as long as a. it hasn't been taken by somebody else and, b. it ends in either @hotmail.com or @hotmail.co.uk) or you can allow the website to suggest some for you based on the information provided and the available addresses.

            Once signed up and registered the email address is yours to do what you like with. The website provides you with a healthy sized inbox and you can create your own subfolders if you'd like to organise your emails. Hotmail also has a 'Junk' folder for to check that any spam emails you receive are actually spam. Whilst a good idea, the spam filter on hotmail is extremely poor with many emails getting through and filling up your inbox. The block list is good, a list of emails you would like blocking, but I have received that many spam emails now that I have filled the capacity of the blocked list.
            Another problem that hotmail face is misuse, with many hotmail emails being used for misuse on other sites. With a hotmail email address being both free and easy to set up they are often used when registering on other sites by people hoping to remain anonymous and cause havoc. As a result of this, some forums don't allow disposable emails when registering (such as hotmail, gmail, yahoo etc), which is disappointing for all genuine users.

            I would like to give the service five out of five as I have used it consistently for over ten years, however the spam filter is truly awful and takes away a star from the service. I'm sure other free email providers suffer similar problems so I would recommend signing up for a few of them and picking your own favourite.

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            31.03.2010 14:12
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            An excellent free e-mail service

            Just the 494 reviews for Hotmail then. Well lets make that 495. No harm in adding to the numbers I guess...

            Hotmail is a simple to use, free email service that has been around for years that anyone around the world can use openly. (that may or may not include China!) It enables people to send and receive email messages, with an inbox size of several gigabytes, so you'll struggle to fill it. On top of that, it opens you up to the world of Windows Live - a 'network' service I've never been interested in using and of course MSN Messenger - something which has surely dwindled in interest since the advent of social networking sites, especially ones such as Facebook which include a 'chat' facility.

            Sending emails are straightforward. Once signed up and logged in to your account (I imagine nowadays the johnsmith@hotmail.com option is only available from number johnsmith18793@hotmail.com onwards!) You simply click 'new' and away you go - the emails are defaulted in a rich text format rather than plain text, although option is available along with an HTML format, so you can edit fonts, colour and sizes with the ease you'd find in a Word document.

            File attachments can be up to 10 megabytes - so easily enough space for sending an mp3 file, or a few decent quality photos, or numerous text documents. You can also spell check you're draft email before sending if it's vital that the I comes before the E if you're impressing a possible future employer for example. And of course, you can save the email you're composing to return to at a future date.

            A junk mail filter helps you siphon the spam and possible virus emails from the genuine ones. Obviously there may be occasions when one slips through the net, or an email you want to receive lands in the junk mail section, so always keep an eye on it as all junk mail is deleted after 7 days.

            You can also manage your emails into separate folders - this isn't something I've ever chosen to do, but I can understand why especially if you have copious amounts of mail coming through or perhaps use the same account for work and leisure.

            If you're that bothered, you can also edit your 'profile' - something that relates to the whole network service I mentioned previously - you can leave 'notes' (think of them as reminders), add a profile picture, edit your personal details and add quirky things about you that no one really wants to know but people often feel compelled to tell you.

            One of the first things I did when I became an 'online' member of society was join Hotmail - and stuck with the same email address ever since. There's never been a problem with the account or felt the need to swap to somewhere such as Googlemail. Elements of it such as the junk folder may be too strong at times and put stuff into that folder which you wanted to go through to your inbox - but it's obviously better to be safe than sorry.

            There you have it - Hotmail.com - I'll let someone else crack on with review number 496 now then...

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