imageMicrosoft’s “Hotmail” email service just got a big makeover to make it more like Google’s Gmail. It now has better spam protection and other features. A new “sweep” function lets you identify certain kinds of messages, such as college alumni newsletters, and have them moved automatically to their own folder or deleted. Other features:

  • See if you have messages from social networks, like Facebook.
  • Look only at messages that have photos or documents attached.
  • “Hotmail Highlights” classifies messages based on who or where they’re coming from.
  • Send large photo attachments. Photos are automatically uploaded to Microsoft’s SkyDrive, a storage service that is free for up to 25 gigabytes.

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