Microsoft has announced a new feature that will enable Internet Explorer 9 users to get desktop notification of incoming messages to their Hotmail accounts. The notification will be available for those user who have pinned Hotmail to Windows 7 taskbar. Starting today, the pinned tab will be displaying the number of unread emails on their Hotmail inbox, similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 icon which dynamically updates to show the count of messages that have been delivered since they last visited Hotmail.
To avail this feature, sign in to Hotmail in IE9 and go to your Inbox. Now, drag the Hotmail tab from the address bar in IE down to the taskbar, and drop it there. Once you’ve pinned Hotmail, you will start receiving unread messages updates. Aside from that, pinning Hotmail to the taskbar offers you multitude of different options like compose new email or go straight to your Calendar or Contacts just by right-clicking on the Hotmail icon in the taskbar.
Recall that Google enabled Gmail pop-up desktop notification for users of the Chrome browser early this year. Personally I prefer Microsoft’s implementation of the notification than intrusive pop-up boxes. The caveat is that only users who have pinned Hotmail to the taskbar will see the notification. Gmail alerts on Chrome, on the other hand, has no such restrictions.