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Outlook.com / Hotmail / Live Mail – Room for improvement   1 comment

New MS Hotmail / Outlook.com is a bit overbloated with script and active content but everything’s like that n0w I spose.

Despite the fat causing browsers to suffer resource bloat, therefore making it costly to leave a tab open for Hotmail while browsing, it’s still quite good.

It could do with room to improve though.

Here’s some suggestions, blogged so I can pass them to the devs; the feedback form isn’t much chop with limited chars and no provision for a two-way dialog or issue tracking functionality..

INBOX WORKFLOW / KEYBOARD ACCELERATORS

When reading email from the Inbox, after selecting a message, (and the content then showing in the reading pane), the space-bar doesn’t work to scroll down-page in the reading pane.
It did behave that way in the past.
Obviously this small keyboard shortcut/feature is very useful when wading through a full inbox!
An ideal scenario which is not currently possible for reading an inbox with many new messages would be the provising of keyboard accelerators for a workflow similar to this:
-Beginning in the reading pane..
-Shift-tab from Reading Pane back up to the currently active email in the Message List,
-Then arrow down to the next email, with it then displaying in reading pane
-Press tab to make reading pane active
-Space-bar and/or arrow up/down through the message
-Tab or Shift Tab back to Message List when done
-Press delete, ctrl-m for move, or one of a number of other appropriate accelerators for common actions to deal with the message
-Return highlight/selection to the next email down in the Msg List
-Tab down to the Reading Pane

 

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Posted March 29, 2014 by benryanau in ICT, Microsoft, Web