Hotmail disposable email: Would you throw away Gmail for this?

Hotmail is launching a new temporary email system, which will allow existing users of the free Microsoft mail service to create disposable emails linked to their own account. Intended to offer a throwaway contact method for use with contacts you believe might subsequently sell your details or spam you, initially up to five alias addresses can be created – and replaced at any time – and routed to your core Hotmail account, while Microsoft expects to eventually increase that to fifteen.

Microsoft's existing filtering and email managing systems are used, so it sounds like the company hasn't had to invest much effort in getting the new filtering service up and running. As well as handling potential spam sources, the new service will also allow for personal and private addresses to be handled by the same core account.

[via CNET]