Today's best apps and services for search, email, music streaming and to-do management weren't always number one. Some of the apps we loved a long time ago are still out there, updating, adding features and keeping their fans happy even if they don't have what it takes to thrill tech bloggers or stay in the limelight. Here are a few of those old dogs you may remember, and some of the new tricks that make them worth a fresh look.
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Microsoft has reimagined and rebranded its existing Hotmail/Windows Live webmail service as Outlook.com, and the result -- a Metro-inspired, stripped-back client that's much more like the Outlook desktop client -- is impressive. We've long thought Hotmail was a solid email service, and certainly the best alternative to Gmail, but Microsoft steps its game up to a whole new level with Outlook.com.
Chances are you haven't used your Hotmail account for a while, but this could be an incentive: until the end of September, you can get 10% off any group deal from Cudo by accessing it via your Hotmail account. Not only will that give you 10% off, it also keeps your main email account from getting bombarded with deals.
Hotmail users can use the "[email protected]" email filtering trick — so, you know, it's at Gmail's level from five years ago. But it's got an even more powerful spam-fighting, privacy-protecting option: creating an entirely new address that arrives right in your inbox.
The easiest way to defeat browser-sniffing, privacy-eroding hacks like Firesheep is to use an encrypted connection for sensitive stuff. Hotmail is helping out by activating an "Always use HTTPS" option that covers your entire email session.
While you could always go on an unsubscribe purge every once in a while, dealing with pesky newsletters still isn't a fun process. Free service Unsubscribe.com adds a simple button to your mail client from which you can unsubscribe from any newsletter.
Keyboard shortcut mastery is among the first steps towards becoming a Gmail Master. But Hotmail users have their own powerful keyboard shortcuts — more than 50, in fact, and some familiar Gmail and Yahoo shortcuts can be used in Hotmail too.
Hotmail starts rolling out its new and improved features today, bringing integration with Office Web Apps, a nice new email "sweeping" feature, and up to 10GB file attachments through Windows Live SkyDrive. Not bad. (If you're an Aussie and spot the new features activated in your account, let us know in the comments.)
If you're testing out Office 2010 and still use a Windows Live/Hotmail account, then the release of a new version of Microsoft's Hotmail Connector is potentially welcome news.
More than 10,000 Hotmail passwords were posted online yesterday, but users of other popular webmail services haven't been let off the hook. A similar phishing attack exposed another 20,000 user/password combinations, so consider resetting your own login credentials.
While I suspect most Lifehacker readers long ago abandoned Hotmail for Gmail or other alternatives, lots of us probably still have an ageing Hotmail account lying around used for Windows Live services or IM. So the news that up to 100,000 passwords for Hotmail accounts have been exposed should be a cue to change the password on that account.