There’s nothing more tedious these days than having to sort through hundreds, if not thousands, of emails and checking them to see what is actually important. The solution could be Microsoft’s new and highly efficient Hotmail web app. Continue reading to for our full overview of graymail.

What is Graymail?

What is graymail? Well, graymail is simply the email you signed up to recieve – deals, newsletters, updates, etc. — that are now crowding up to 80% of your inbox. What can you do about it? Microsoft’s all-new Hotmail web app enables you to conquer graymail in just 60-seconds.

Our team at TechEBlog have gone to great lengths to filter out graymail, including creating secondary email accounts, using custom filters / tags in existing accounts, and paying for Unlimited Email hosting service. Fortunately, we stumbled upon Hotmail and its very useful ‘Alias’, ‘Schedule Cleanup’, ‘Categories’ along with ‘Sweep’ features. The main tools we use to keep things organized and clean are ‘Schedule Cleanup’ (runs on timed intervals) and ‘Sweep’.

My Life in Graymail

In a typical inbox, you�ll find that 50% of the emails are newsletters, 17% social updates, 9% groups / other notifications, 6% shopping offers, 14% people-to-people, 2% miscellaneous , and 2% true spam. Unlike spam, graymail usually consists of messages that were opted-in to voluntarily and from legitimate reputable sources.

In our own team inbox, the first five pages of emails consisted of 40% newsletters, 35% social updates, and 17% people-to-people, 6% shopping offers, and 2% true spam. We can confirm that all of our graymail was from legitimate and reputable sources, fortunately, all with unsubscribe links. All of the offers received are still currently active, and contain gadgets / services that just about any geek would love to have or make use of at any given moment. This reveals that one can most certainly have too much of a good thing. Using Hotmail, we were able to organize all of our graymail and important email, with just a few clicks, Please check below for three ways to conquering your own graymail with Hotmail.

3. Automating Your Inbox

There’s no better way to conquer graymail than by automating your inbox. Hotmail allows you to do just that by offering ‘Schedule Cleanup’. This feature even includes a ‘Sweep’ function that sets up automatic rules to file or delete at intervals of your choosing and it can even automatically remove emails from senders you’ve unsubscribed from. That�s not all, Hotmail automatically categorizes all your graymail (photos, newsletters, etc.) and lets you set up custom ones too.

2. Find Stuff Faster

Aside from the cool new automation features, Hotmail also offers the ability to flag messages, which brings them to the top of your inbox. This would definitely come in handy for concert ticket reservations or just about any other reservation emails. Plus, instant actions will maximize your email efficiency by taking care of simple tasks — like delete, flag, mark as unread — in just one click. Like less clicks? Then you’ll also love Hotmail’s new ‘one-click filters’, which separates and filters your inbox for specific messages. Last, but not least, users can create rules to delete past, present, and future emails from specific senders, in bulk.

1. Advanced Features

So, you’ve automated your inbox and even managed to find things faster. Well, now it’s time to delve into the advanced features at your disposal. First, Hotmail users can create aliases, or basically disposable email address for online services such as Craigslist. These messages all get forwarded to your main account so you don’t have to worry about creating multiple accounts. Even better, you can also import all POP-enabled email services (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.) into Hotmail and make use of all the cool features we’ve discussed in this article. Once that is completed, folders can be created with right click commands and drag-and-drop functionality directly from your inbox.

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