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Jun 30 2011   2:59PM GMT

Microsoft Turbocharges Hotmail

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Do you use Hotmail? Have you ever used Hotmail? Have you ever felt that Hotmail was slow or sluggish compared with its webmail rivals? Well, it’s time you take another look at it because Microsoft got deep under the hood and boosted the speed of Hotmail tasks by as much as ten times.

A post on the Inside Windows Live blog explains, “We measured how fast our Hotmail pages loaded all over the world and how we compared to our competitors in a standardized environment, and then we dug deep into the numbers. In some ways, we were pretty good, but a number of very common actions were just too slow.”

According to the tests Microsoft has run, the results are impressive:

We wrapped up these changes a few weeks ago, and just finished releasing the code to all our users (with the exception of the pre-loading feature, which, as mentioned above, is not yet turned on by default in some markets). So, what did we accomplish? The data speaks for itself:

  Hotmail
Dec ‘10
Hotmail
June ‘11
Open message 3.3 seconds 0.18 seconds
Delete message 3.1 seconds 0.14 seconds
Compose new message 4.3 seconds 0.20 seconds

Check it out for yourself, and see if you agree that it is faster. If the answer is yes–is it faster than its rivals, or fast enough for you to use it as your primary email?

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