Web 2.0, SOA, and Web Services: Hotmail Updates Include Facebook, Office Web Apps Integration

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-05-18
 
 
 

Hotmail Updates Include Facebook, Office Web Apps Integration

by Nicholas Kolakowski

Hotmail Updates Include Facebook, Office Web Apps Integration

One-Click Filters

Hotmails updates include one-click filters to show unread e-mails, for example, or ones from social networks such as Facebook. One of Microsofts goals with the "new" Hotmail was to find ways to eliminate dreaded inbox clutter.

One-Click Filters

SkyDrive Links

Hotmail will link into Windows Live SkyDrive, allowing users to send—via a link—up to 200 photos of up to 50MB in size, for a total of 10GB in a single message.

SkyDrive Links

Attachments

Office documents sent as an attachment can be opened and viewed in any browser—even if the PC doesnt have Office installed. This feature integrates Hotmail, SkyDrive and Office Web Apps.

Attachments

E-Mail Going Mobile

Hotmail supports push-email to mobile phones. Research In Motion, Nokia and other partners are apparently building custom Hotmail apps for their respective devices.

E-Mail Going Mobile

Invitations

Users can manage invitations sent through Hotmail via their smartphone calendar, through ActiveSync or the phone browser.

Invitations

Conversation View

With "Conversation View," Hotmail can consolidate extended e-mail conversations into a single space.

Conversation View

The Inbox

The "new" Hotmail inbox.

The Inbox

Viewing the Image

Image viewing through Hotmail.

Viewing the Image

Consolidated Online Connections

Hotmail will incorporate the unified contacts list from Windows Live services—which includes contacts from Hotmail, Messenger and social-networking services such as Facebook—in order to consolidate online connections into a single space.

Consolidated Online Connections

Into the Cloud

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has emphasized the companys increased focus on the cloud. The evolution of services such as Hotmail can be seen as a reflection of that policy.

Into the Cloud

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