Hotmail: The Next Generation

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On Monday, the Windows Live team previewed the next version of Hotmail. This release was built on a foundation of saving time. Attachments, for example, often take you away from your inbox, requiring you to wait for each new application or new window to open one at a time. Now, Hotmail allows you to see a Silverlight Gallery of attached images, or even images linked from Flickr and SmugMug. They have made it possible to send up to 200 photos @ 50MB each in a single email using Windows Live SkyDrive.  Using the new Office Web Apps, Hotmail will now open Office attachments right in your inbox (even links to Hulu and YouTube will play within the email).

Another new feature is the ability to sweep your email to remove unwanted mail. This goes beyond spam and into "graymail," which is mail that you requested but really don't care about. You can also sweep your Gmail and Yahoo! mail accounts.

There are many more features, so be sure to check out the Windows Team Blog. Our good mate Nic Fillingham will be connecting with the Windows Live team when they get back for a video, so if you have questions please leave them here.

The Discussion

  • User profile image

    Yes the New Hotmail is Super Cool !! It increase the efficiency to a new level ....  Its all convenint and efficient.

    But some are asking for this feature -

    Ability to save the chats in the mail box like it does in gmail. The chat histories at present are saved to local machine , I think.

    Will this feature be considered ?


    Thanks and Congrats to Windows Live Team for the Wave 4 .

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    In general, Wave 4 is a huge improvement.  Some other things I wish to see in the near future...

    • Upload and share short, <5 min, video clips from SkyDrive
    • Add-on for Media Center to access and view photos/videos from your SkyDrive as well as be informed/view new content that friends have shared with you.
    • Some way to let Live/SkyDrive leverage the capacity of Windows Home Server.  Yes WHS has its own remote experience, but I'd like to link WHS to I only have to inform friends/family about one entry point to my/our personal collections.  Perhaps make WHS look like a shared folder and when you click on it takes them to a specific WHS folder I linked to my Live ID.  Multiple family members, can expose different WHS folders with their Live ID. 
    • Enhancements to Live Spaces: assign domain to Live Space, allow/invite 3rd party editors, embed SkyDrive video clips in blog posts, options for hiding/repositioning Live header menu and more flexibility in blog menu/theming


  • User profile image

    Considering this report,

    and that GMail will be displaying contextual gadgets in their web service... I don't see why Hotmail's (Wave 4) ActiveView couldn't offer developers the same opportunity with "ActiveView" compatible gadgets running on Azure.

  • User profile image

    People want to stay in touch on their phones and on the go.

    The content of email is different.

    Get more done in your inbox

    Sweep away clutter.

    People send and receive more email than ever, but the types of email are changing.

    Shipping updates, social updates, photos, and videos.

    Get your mail, calendar, and contacts anywhere you go

    And there’s a whole lot more….


    So, the evolution goes like this: Yahoo mail, Gmail, Hotmail...

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    Looks like they have added a lot of new features!

  • User profile image

    Where is Nic's video Smiley ?

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