Even more screenshots of Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4 leak

In continuing with our previous coverage of new Wave 4 Hotmail features and screenshots, LiveSide has, once again, posted screenshots from the the M3 build. Taken from Pinnula.fr, these pictures, which are in French, show off some of the new features that will be present in the new Hotmail.

In the gallery below, you will see the interfaces for the new Conversation View, Advanced E-mail Search (Bing), and Improved Quick Add. Noticeable changes include improved email search criteria, Office Web Apps integration, and the ability to add clip art and web-pages to emails. It's noted that the new Quick Add feature will be "much less intrusive" than it currently is and the new pane won't show up until it's called upon. It is also noted that the new design will allow users to close banner ads.

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I find it a little too white, though I don't see that as a con, but overall do like the design of it. I still don't like the text-based toolbar though (Send, Reply, Forward), I think some bold text would be better.

As a Gmail user, and fan, I love Hotmail's Quick Add and wish there was something like it in Gmail.

The ads on the right are somewhat intrusion imo but thank god for ad blockers. I hope they fixed the junk filters before this final wave 4 release.

Me too. It's like MSN/Live messenger. So many versions just moving the same bits around, people getting excited over 0.0.0.0.1 builds where they change the shade of a shadow on a button.

We want innovation, Microsoft, not iterations.

It might be just me, but I am not feeling this release. Every screenshot I've seen just seems to look complicated too much on them. It just does not feel clean and crisp. I don't know perhaps it is just me let's talk about oranges.

Lennard said,
I think you should put that this is the online version and not the installable.

Windows Live Hotmail is the online version.
Windows Live Mail is the installable.

It always has been this way and no, it should not be noted in the article.

alfaaqua said,

Windows Live Hotmail is the online version.
Windows Live Mail is the installable.

It always has been this way and no, it should not be noted in the article.

And why should it not be mentioned? The title might mention it be in the article, it's not obvious to the reader. It should say somewhere at the beginning of the article pointing out that Windows Live Hotmail is the online solution and Windows Live Mail is application included with the Windows Live Suite. Not all people use Hotmail or Windows Live so they might not be familiar.

Look closer.. There are a number of visually small but functionally significant changes that can be seen in the screenshots.