Ever wanted to have multiple email addresses without actually creating so many "physical addresses"? A new feature from Hotmail allows you accomplish just that. You can create aliases (five as of now) for your existing @hotmail.com email address and mails sent to those all delivered to the same Hotmail account (your primary one) – no need to create multiple Inboxes (physical email addresses)! The mails sent to these aliases can be delivered to the Inbox itself or to different folders based on the alias. What is more – you can even delete the alias later thus creating a temporary email address kind of thing.

The process is very simple: Just sign in to your Hotmail account and click on the Inbox’s ‘More Actions’ link (the gear wheel) and select Create a Hotmail alias. Follow the subsequent steps (not too many) and your new alias will be good to go in few minutes (you will get a confirmation mail once it is ready).

Hotmail Alias Creation

Remove an alias is simple too:


Though Airtel, the biggest private mobile operator in India has not commercially introduced 3G services yet, my 3G USB modem detects Airtel’s 3G signal already in my work city! Looks like they are too close to launch and I really look forward to it! :-)


CellOne is the national operator BSNL which launched 3G last year 2009.

Yesterday was one of the most memorable days in my professional life!! As community contributors, we MVPs in and around Chennai (a.k.a. Madras) had an opportunity (can’t thank Abhi enough for this!!) to have a face-to-face discussion with none other than Microsoft’s Dev Tools Team senior VP Somasegar! Of course, Soma himself is a native of Chennai. I was so thrilled, excited, electrified (and add any more superlatives) to meet him and out of sheer excitement I chose to sit right next to him!! It was so amazing to see such a down-to-earth personality without the shadow of his corporate position or the company he works for. Being the first time to have a close meeting with a senior exec from Redmond, here are some of my observations on him; not sure if anyone has any different opinion:

  • Proud of what he and his team do (dev & designer tools)
  • Admits failures without hesitation
  • Listens to people, be it community folks like MVPs, customers and peers and takes feedback
  • A common characteristic I have noticed of Microsoft employees is that anything you ask them about they will either give you the up-to-date information or connect you to someone who can give you that information. Soma is not an exception either!
  • I have not seen too many high-profile corporate execs like Soma interacting with communities, customers, etc of any level with genuine interest & care (the only other person I know of this type is our Cognizant vice-chairman “Laxmi”narayan!)
  • Highly energetic

He shared lots of information about various products that are scheduled to be out (RTM) during 2010 and how they are supported by VS 2010. He also shared us the high-level Windows Mobile roadmap. Soma believes that the .NET 4.0 release will be as significant as the 1.0 release (back in 2002) as it has large number of changes/enhancements. Met other fellow MVPs from Chennai, one of my favorite bloggers Venkat, Moorthy (Director of DPE from Hyderabad) & Stuti (Director of DPE marketing/community outreach from Bangalore).

(with Soma)

(with Stuti & Moorthy)