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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.

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The new Hotmail interface includes a built-in SMS alert feature that will ping your phone whenever a message matching one of your filters arrives in your inbox. Tech-Recipes walks you through setting up the alert and filter for very specific email.

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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.