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Unify Your E-mail: Manage Hotmail in Outlook

No one likes to juggle Web mail and Outlook separately, which is what makes Microsoft's Outlook Hotmail Connector so nifty -- it deftly integrates your Hotmail with any other POP, IMAP, and Exchange accounts you might keep in Outlook. The last time we updated you on Outlook Connector, it had just turned 12. Well, our little Connector is growing up, because version 14 is now available.

And no, you didn't miss a version. Microsoft has skipped 13 (a trick NASA should have done long ago). There are a few bug fixes in the latest, such as better relaibility and a problem some users had syncing blank messages. There are some new features in Outlook 14, though:

  • Junk filter settings. Safe sender, blocked sender, and safe recipient lists are synchronized between Outlook and Hotmail.
  • Integrated Send/Receive. Send/receive works just as it does for your other Outlook accounts.
  • Integrated connection status. The Hotmail account status appears in the Outlook status bar.
  • Rule support for secondary accounts. Rules can be applied to the Hotmail account in Outlook, even if that is not your Outlook primary account.
  • Synchronize your drafts. The Outlook Drafts folder synchronizes with the Hotmail Drafts folder.
If you use Outlook Connector -- or if you currently use Hotmail and Outlook separately -- you should get the free upgrade to Outlook Connector 14. Visit the Outlook 2010 Blog for full details, including how to download and install it.