Pin Hotmail to task bar / start menu in windows 7
Unlike XP, Windows 7 doesn't seem to have the facility to set Hotmail as the default e-mail client in the start menu or task bar - or so I thought.
I've just discovered that if you open your Hotmail in IE9 and drag the open tab to the task bar, a Hotmail icon appears. Once done, a number appears over the icon to tell you when you have new mail. If you right click on the icon, a menu gives you direct access to 'Inbox', 'Calendar', 'Contacts' and 'Send E-mail' options. When clicked, Hotmail also appears in an IE window with nice orange buttons to match the icon.
If you then drag this from the task bar onto the Windows (start) icon, the same appears in the Start menu as well, just like in XP but with an extra menu added for 'send e-mail' etc.
Hope this is helpful for those who didn't know - it's something which has annoyed me ever since Windows 7 came out.