I have just had my Hotmail account upgraded to the beta version of Live Mail. I haven’t tried it in Firefox yet, only Internet Explorer. I have played around with it a bit so here is a list features that I have come across so far that you don’t get with Hotmail:
- Autocomplete feature for the To field using email addresses from your contact list
- To delete a message you can simply drag it into the Deleted Items folder
- Separate message view pane. When you click on a message header it gets displayed in a separate pane on the right.
- Sent emails are now automatically copied to the Sent folder. Previously you had to check a box if you wanted a copy of the email saved.
It looks a lot better too. Search is the big thing that is now available but that’s hardly innovative is it. I do like the fact that I can opt out of the beta program and have my account reverted back to how it was. Overall my initial reaction is one of disappointment. It’s better than Hotmail but I was expecting more.
Update: I have just tried it in Firefox and it doesn’t work properly although they do display a message telling me this when I login. I can still read and send email so it’s not too bad.