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Hotmail annoyances

Windows Live Hotmail is great: it’s fast, reliable and doesn’t require me to install any client application but a browser. But there are also things in Hotmail that annoy me.

Marking mail as junk

The Junk filters in Hotmail are very good, as they filter most unsolicited e-mail I receive. However, some e-mail gets delivered to my inbox nevertheless, and when I try to mark it as junk, it just—fails.

See yourself:

Hotmail Junk failure

Wrong character encoding

Also, Hotmail fails to display some non-English mail correctly, and I don’t know why. Here you see an example, sent from Microsoft Outlook:

Hotmail mail encoding

The question is: why doesn’t Hotmail display a “Character encoding:” dropdown, as usual?

Fonts in the Rich text editor

Being able to edit the body of my messages in a WYSIWYG editor is great—but why so few fonts? Having few fonts is something I could live with; what I do not like at all though, is that there is no option for “Segoe UI”. Come on, Windows Live Wave 3 introduced Segoe UI as successor of Tahoma, why can’t I use it for my mails as well?

Hotmail WYSIWYG fonts

Calendar language

Multi-language support in Windows Live is well implemented. But not in Windows Live Calendar. On opening Hotmail with a browser whose language is set to English, displays Hotmail in English. I open “People”: English. I open “Windows Live Home”: … English.

Then I hit “Calendar”, and what do I see? German. Cool. smile_sarcastic

Windows Live Calendar (German)

Your problems

You are using Windows Live Hotmail as well, and there is something that annoys you in it?
Let me know.

4 comments

  1. “The Junk filters in Hotmail are very good, as they filter most unsolicited e-​mail I receive.”
    Well, you’re lucky =P. In my case, it filters email I do want to receive, and let the have-to-be-blocked ones in my inbox.
    Still prefer G-Mail filters =)

  2. I think On opening Hotmail with a browser whose language is a lot of things.

  3. And set to English displays Hotmail in English is On opening Hotmail with a browser whose language.

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