Microsoft beta testing Microsoft Mail webmail service

Posted on Thursday, July 21 2005 @ 15:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft has build a new web mail service from ground up based on input and feedback from customers. MSN Messenger beta version testers were invited to test the new web mails service which is dubbed Microsoft Mail beta.

Mail beta requires a Hotmail account, all data is moved over to the new beta automatically. One of the new things is its 2GB of space, rich text editor, protection from phishing scams and a new easier layout.

Here's a look at some of the features of Microsoft Mail:

Reading Pane
Cruise through your e-mail with ease, as you go from mail to mail without loading a new page. The Reading Pane lets you preview the text and thumbnails of attached images in your Inbox. Just click the message to display the full content of the e-mail.

Safety made easy with the Info Barback to top
The Info Bar tells you when the Mail Beta doesn’t recognize a sender, allowing you to block the sender with a single click, and bounce back an e-mail to help prevent a junk mailer from knowing you exist.

The Mail Beta also protects you from criminals trying to obtain ("phish") your personal information by hiding an e-mail’s content when it suspects the sender may be fraudulent.

Address AutoComplete
When you start typing the name of a contact in the address field, Address AutoComplete offers suggestions of matching names from your contact list.

Simply select the correct address—no need to memorize addresses or look through your address book.

Keyboard shortcuts
Mail Beta allows you navigate the way you prefer—via your keyboard, mouse, or a combination of the two.

These keyboard shortcuts let you easily and quickly navigate through messages and folders. Mail Beta also enables multiple select via a combination of your keyboard’s arrows or mouse and the shift key.

Many more keyboard shortcuts to come!

Rich text editing
Say what you want to say, the way you want to say it!

Rich Text Editing lets you add color, shading, and emoticons, control font size, and define formatting. Best of all, Mail Beta preserves all HTML formatting in the e-mails you receive so you can forward emails and know others will see them the way you do.

Storage that grows with you
We’re starting you with 2GB of storage so you can save more e-mail, more photos, more attachments, more of everything. Over time we plan to develop a system that will grow as you need more space.

Save sent e-mail
No need to cc: yourself on every outgoing e-mail. All the e-mail you send will now be saved in a "sent e-mail" folder—automatically.

More details at Neowin

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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