Microsoft Marks 15th Birthday of Hotmail with New Mini-Calendar

Software giant Microsoft has celebrated the 15th birthday of its market leading Hotmail email service by adding two new features with promises to add more in the future.

The service, which was started back in 1996, completed its fifteen years in existence on Monday, July 4.

Hotmail, now re-branded as Windows Live Hotmail, has faced some rough patches in its long journey, in the form of Yahoo and Gmail, but has managed to maintain a lead over rivals nonetheless.

Dick Craddock, Group Program Manager, Hotmail wrote in a blog post that the company was adding two new calendar features to Hotmail to mark the important milestone.

"The first 15 years have been busy, and none more so than this past year; we've already had seven releases in 2011 – each filled with many new features", he added.

First, the company is adding a mini calendar that is quite similar to Outlook in the left pane of Hotmail, which will allow people to see appointment and go to a particular date. For now, the mini calendar is being rolled out on a trial basis.

The company has added a ‘go to’ option in Hotmail which allows users to search emails by date. Clicking on the ‘go to’ button opens a mini calendar and users can click on a date to see the emails received on that particular date.