Hotmail Gets a Little Smarter

If you are a user of Hotmail and Windows 7 then you might find this little tip rather handy.

Some websites offer extended functionality if you pin them to the taskbar in Windows 7 such as Facebook so it is good to see that Hotmail gives you a convenient way to see if there are any new messages waiting without continually checking the browser tab or window.

Hotmail Message Indicator - Windows 7 Taskbar

Hotmail Message Indicator – Windows 7 Taskbar

It does bring the web interface for Hotmail a step closer to replicating the functionality of a full thick client like Microsoft Office Outlook so long as you are using Internet Explorer 9 (or later).

To get this functionality, when logged into Hotmail just drag the tab in Internet Explorer down to the taskbar and that will pin it so it won’t disappear. You’ll only get notifications if you have Hotmail open and you are logged in though unlike the live tiles in Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

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