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New version of Hotmail to launch next week

Fans of MSN's Hotmail may be a little happier next week after Microsoft confirned that users will receive more storage and enhanced connectivity to Messenger. Whether the revamp is an attempt by the Redmond based software giant to make Google's Gmail a little less attractive, will no-doubt be open to conjecture.

Windows Live Hotmail has been in the works for over a year, but on the surface there hasn't been a lot of change. The main draw Microsoft points to is its 2 GB storage capacity, which is still overshadowed by Gmail's growing capacity currently at about 2.85 GB.

The catch-up game to Gmail also shows in Live Hotmail's e-mail conversation grouping. Seen in Gmail from day one, it will group all replies with the original e-mail. A visual update to the interface will also come with the new version of the web-based e-mail application.

Searching through e-mail archives will also be more intuitive, says Microsoft. A premium version of Live Hotmail will be available for an annual fee of about $20, which ups the storage to 4 GB and opens up other "expanded options".

According to the source it will be business as usual for existing Hotmail customers. Users won't need to do anything on Monday, and all e-mails will remain intact through the transition.

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