Don't usually use Hotmail too much but since I have an account on it I'd want to improve my experience. I have successfully turned off the stupid 'Focused' mode back to normal but can't find any way to make the ads (for free) less intrusive. There's that one can remove ads by paying but then that defeats the purpose of wanting to get rid of ads without paying. The other way is through Adblock, I reckon but isn't there an option somewhere in Outlook's settings to change it? I'd want to try the Light Version of Hotmail/Outlook (it sometimes feel sluggish whereas Gmail is quick) but that's apparently a Web App-exclusive.