Hotmail Gets Updated

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it would give its 360 million Hotmail users new updates to its service including new methods for convenient access to news plus multimedia content access directly to their Inbox.

The new Windows Live Hotmail beta, which will be made available to select testers and representatives of the media, also provides a similar Gmail chat view. Moreover, the key to the new release will be the integration with the major social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, and other specialized online communities like Flickr and Photobucket photos and YouTube and Daily Motion for videos.

The beta will be available to the general public in the coming weeks as part of a series of publications in what Microsoft has dubbed “Wave 4” of Windows Live services and applications. The first wave of four members, a new version of Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger, presented by Steve Ballmer in Brazil on 23 April. The Windows Live team has a blog entry with a video demonstrating the new features released.

The objectives of getting only the messages you are interested in clearly addressed with new features. A Hotmail highlights page shows only messages from your contacts and social networks. A sweep tool, you can all the messages that are not spam, but what calls Microsoft’s Harp Walter “graymail” emails from those companies that you can only use occasionally, but do not consider essential. You can move these and all future messages to a bin.

Another way the new Hotmail will help you the news you get is well with his QuickViews function that allows you to filter incoming mail only mail from social networks can with Office documents, photos, and even shipping notices.

And Wave 4 adds the ability to watch brings, content such as Office documents, videos, and photo slide shows right in your inbox. The latter two benefit from Microsoft’s Silverlight browser plug-in, while the ability to read and then edit Office documents is to be published thanks to the Office Web Apps, part of Office 2010, the middle of June.

The new wave also includes updates that the mobile web version of the service make much richer, with calendars, folders, contacts and tasks.

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