Web 2.0, SOA, and Web Services: Hotmail Updates Include Facebook, Office Web Apps Integration
Microsoft is updating Windows Live Hotmail to include a host of new tools targeting clutter elimination, spam reduction and security. In addition to emphasizing a mobile component, with e-mail synchronization between a smartphone and the Web, the new Hotmail leverages the user's Windows Live account to pull in information from social-networking services such as Windows Live Messenger, Facebook and MySpace. The Hotmail update comes as Microsoft finds itself in heightened competition against Google and Yahoo, which also are expanding the features of their respective e-mail services. Microsoft also wants Hotmail to be seen as a productivity hub. Thanks to integration with SkyDrive and Office Web Apps, Office documents included in e-mails as attachments can be opened on a PC without Office installed; and Hotmail now allows up to 10GB of photos to be sent in a single e-mail. For some users, such features may prove an even larger benefit than streamlining their inbox or eliminating spam.