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Day two of the new Hotmail and we've found some more interesting elements.

First of all, the main change to Hotmail's workings was the introduction of a new spam filter system. It gives you various levels up to "exclusive", which will send everything but emails from people in your address book to a new Junk Mail folder.

When we checked this morning (our setting is on "high"), it had found four pieces of spam and retained two proper emails. So full marks. However, one reader got in touch to tell us: "Even with the spam filter set to high, I have already been offered a "university" degree, "get a bigger penis in 10 days", Viagra, a book on how to be successful with the opposite sex and 10 million email addresses for $10. Oh and how I can make a million by buying a $5 book."

So not everyone is impressed. However, what we have learnt is that you should never send an email with an all-caps subject line. We tried it out with two identical emails - one in caps, one normal. Caps email goes straight into junk mail, the other worked as normal.

It turns out that reports that you couldn't select emails in Opera and that the new interface was crashing Navigator 4.7 were both true. However, they have both been fixed now.

People are also a little annoyed though that full URL links sent to a Hotmail account are bent into a redirect URL that goes through an MS server. Basically what this does is open a new window with the site but within MSN when you click on it.

It's nothing new and it keeps you within the MSN umbrella, but we just thought we'd mention it.

Oh, and we wrongly reported that the check POP mail button had gone. It hasn't, it's just been moved into options. ®

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