Okay, it’s not as titillating as the time Microsoft added conversation view to Hotmail, but the outfit did just freshen up its email service with a handful of helpful tweaks. Topping the list is an assortment of shortcuts, including the ability to right click a message to reply, reply all, or forward (you could already do this for other things, like marking something as unread). Hotmail also now responds to the same keyboard shortcuts used in Outlook and — here’s the interesting part — Microsoft went and worked in Gmail- and Yahoo Mail-specific ones, too (think “#” for deleting messages). And the company is none too subtle about admitting it wants the service to be user-friendly for folks if — or when — they switch from Google or Yahoo. Rounding out the batch of improvements, you get an easy way to recover deleted emails, an improved back button, HTML5-fueled speed improvements, and the option of changing your default font and personal signture — something we can’t believe Hotmail has been missing until now. As always, hit the source link for the full spill, and find a short demo video after the break.
Microsoft updates Hotmail with personal signatures, Gmail and Yahoo Mail keyboard shortcuts originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Jun 2011 11:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.