Facebook Email starts global roll-out

Facebook has begun rolling out @facebook.com email addresses to its users after a 'by invite only' test period of just over two months.

The new Facebook Email service isn't your traditional email service, as it has a social networking, immediate chat twist. The new email service helps speed up how users communicate with one another, through email.

The main features to the service includes seamless messaging, conversation history and a social inbox. Users can choose an @facebook.com email address, and with that email, they're able to have instant inbox alerts, the same concept as Google Instant Search, with conversation history and a social inbox, using an algorithm to filter out all the messages you don't want. The email service is currently optional to current users, but like the recent profile page updates, we expect that all users will eventually be migrated over.

Microsoft also plays a role in the Facebook email inbox with Outlook Web Apps. With Web Apps integration, users are able to use Microsoft Office documents like Word, Excel and PowerPoint to share with friends and family, a feature already integrated with Facebook and docs.com.

Users can also connect their account with Windows Live SkyDrive, offering up to 25GB of online storage for school work, photos, and personal documents you can share across computers, friends or use as additional storage.

To claim your email address, log in to Facebook, go to "messages" and you will see an upgrade option (may not apply to all countries yet).

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I logged in 10 days ago and got a notification that i got the new messaging system. Since then i have no messages at all. Others have the same problem as me.

wow, really?
The largest global pusher of killing your privacy rights in the word offers an email service and no ones posted concerns yet?

Just got it today, I always get new features late
Looks pretty cool man, I approve. I signed up for the testing phase when it was announced but that was obviously ignored oh well :3

sometimes facebook closes people's account based on 'breaking' the terms of use...
wat if one's account got disabled... what happens to his mails?? just vanish?

OceanMotion said,
If you changed your profile link to a name, does that end up being your email address and vice versa ?

no , u must have ur user name , like facebook.com/xyz , that xyz will remain same what-so-ever

Emil Valsson said,
I dont seem to be able to send an email from Facebook, only receive?

to send email from facebook, just type the email address/s in the 'To' field ... it will then send your message via email

offered me a choice I chose one and then said failed now won't let me sign up -1

gutted, i wanted first.last@ it offered it to me and then said error in connecting, when i went back and try again it says username taken im now stuffed with firstlastuk@ scrap

always wanted my name so it looked more "official"

xXTOKERXx said,
offered me a choice I chose one and then said failed now won't let me sign up -1

gutted, i wanted first.last@ it offered it to me and then said error in connecting, when i went back and try again it says username taken im now stuffed with firstlastuk@ scrap

always wanted my name so it looked more "official"


i don't think the @facebook.com suffix will really help making it look non-official!

asusp5ld2 said,
can't wait to see when email gets hacked too
What does that even mean? Do you actually know what you're talking about?

testman said,
What does that even mean? Do you actually know what you're talking about?

I assume it's referring to the recent "image hack" posted on Neowin a few days ago. However, that hack was actually closed about a year ago, so only old pictures on Facebook are still suspectible.

asusp5ld2 said,
can't wait to see when email gets hacked too

If you use your main email address or you have the same password for FB and your mail, then evolution demands that your account have to be hacked, its just natural selection at work.

Tjcrazy said,

Yeahh, got it 3 weeks ago... catch up Neowin!

RTFA - "Facebook has begun rolling out @facebook.com email addresses to its users after a 'by invite only' test period of just over two months."

First line, it's not hard.