Microsoft holding Hotmail event on October 3 [Update]

Microsoft is holding a Hotmail specific event in New York on October 3rd. From the invite, it appears that Microsoft is looking to relaunch the service and may be overhauling everything we know about Hotmail. 

Microsoft clearly states that they have listened to user feedback and have reinvented Hotmail from the ground up. What all this means has yet to be discovered but it could possibly be Microsoft bringing HTML 5 and/or Metro to the Hotmail experience. The invite also states that more information will be released during the week of 9/19, so we may see a preview of the new product before the October 3 date.

Update: Microsoft reached out to Neowin to let them know it is not a relaunch of the service. They state, " this event is not considered a launch of a reinvented Hotmail. The event will include an intimate, honest discussion and new data linked to the reinvention that took place last year (plus updates since then), based on a lot of learning. You'll also hear about intriguing competitive perspectives and some additional news."

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On all three of my Hotmail accounts, the *only* ads visible in the right pane pertain to Microsoft, Hotmail, or other Live services? Why is that? No more third-party ads. Since early August.

Maybe the big announcment is that ads are going away.

oh. god.no.

they'd better make it faster becuase it takes forever to load messages on firefox.

here's one thing I'm worried about...

firefox support!!!! they'd better not screw that one up.


or I would be forced to pull it with gmail.

I'm worried now..... really worried.

remixedcat said,
oh. god.no.

they'd better make it faster becuase it takes forever to load messages on firefox.

here's one thing I'm worried about...

firefox support!!!! they'd better not screw that one up.


or I would be forced to pull it with gmail.

I'm worried now..... really worried.

Why would you be worried about Firefox support? I use Firefox and don't have a single issue. It also loads messages and switches between mailboxes a lot faster than Gmail.

geoken said,

Why would you be worried about Firefox support? I use Firefox and don't have a single issue. It also loads messages and switches between mailboxes a lot faster than Gmail.

not on the nightlies.... version 6 works ok with hotmail, however the nightly version 9.0 has some issues. we were battling assert error messages as well.

I love hotmail and will still use it, however I'm worried about the firefox support. I hope they don;'t try to force everyone to use IE9 for thier new "hotmail experience"

niceeee, i cant wait for it. at least we got a Build conference in few days, so i wont think much about october 3rd. Ive been using hotmail alot, and its been better and better lately.

It would be nice to see full Exchange support added...even if its for Hotmail Plus only. They also need to fixe ActiveSync. Their Junk Email security is over-zealous. I quit using Hotmail because I had my email junk settings set to "exclusive". So anyone not in my contact or safe list would be put into the junk folder. That means of course that sometimes good email is put into the junk folder as well. Problem with Hotmail's ActiveSync, the junk folder's incoming mail is not always pushed. I was told by Microsoft its because of how their junk mail security is setup and couldn't be changed at the time.

Mohitster said,
Metro based - touch optimized hotmail experience?? ...........I reallyyyyyyyyy hope so!!!!
Making things "Touch First" makes them kinda more user-friendly, and easy to use.

you know what would help if microsoft stopped changing all their products names every 5 months. Why did I sign up for live mail only to find out they changed it back to hotmail.

Gmail = nice easy and consistent.

Shea J said,
you know what would help if microsoft stopped changing all their products names every 5 months. Why did I sign up for live mail only to find out they changed it back to hotmail.

Gmail = nice easy and consistent.

Microsoft should of gone the Google route and just gave people an actual Microsoft account, and whatever domain name they make, your user account is entitled to it.

for example: example@gmail.com is the same as example@googlemail.com. I didn't have to re-register, Google gives me the opportunity to use both if I want to.

Tony. said,

Microsoft should of gone the Google route and just gave people an actual Microsoft account, and whatever domain name they make, your user account is entitled to it.

That's how it currently works, no? I can receive email from both @live.com, @hotmail.co.uk, @hotmail.com - unless you meant standardising the domains?

Um thats what they do already. I login to all sorts of things from Microsoft using my hotmail account. Correct me if im misunderstanding.

Rudy said,
The only thing I want is Exchange support (I know...not going to happen)

But they've been listening?

Here's hoping for Exchange support.

Rudy said,
The only thing I want is Exchange support (I know...not going to happen)

exchange support in what way? to do syncs with an exchange account?

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

exchange support in what way? to do syncs with an exchange account?

So I can connect to it using my email client (no pop3 doesn't count, pop3 sucks). I can do it on my iPhone but not using a desktop application

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

exchange support in what way? to do syncs with an exchange account?

Proper exchange support would be nice for Mac users who want to sync clients, calendar and mail.

It would also be nice for Windows users using Outlook as they wouldn't need the Hotmail connector anymore (if they still do need that...I'm not sure).

Shadrack said,

Proper exchange support would be nice for Mac users who want to sync clients, calendar and mail.

It would also be nice for Windows users using Outlook as they wouldn't need the Hotmail connector anymore (if they still do need that...I'm not sure).

They still do, but maybe that will all change with this now? I access my hotmail account with Outlook 2k7 using the connector and also gmail using IMAP which sucks since it's so damn slow.

GP007 said,

They still do, but maybe that will all change with this now? I access my hotmail account with Outlook 2k7 using the connector and also gmail using IMAP which sucks since it's so damn slow.

I don't get it... my Nokia E7 syncs with hotmail exchange server... what are you guys missing?

Coolicer said,

I don't get it... my Nokia E7 syncs with hotmail exchange server... what are you guys missing?

They enabled Exchange ActiveSync (basically Exchange for mobile devices) but proper Exchange is not enabled (so PC clients can't use Exchange)

Rudy said,
They enabled Exchange ActiveSync (basically Exchange for mobile devices) but proper Exchange is not enabled (so PC clients can't use Exchange)

Ah, kind of thought I was missing the point completely...

Shadrack said,

Proper exchange support would be nice for Mac users who want to sync... mail.

That'd be awesome. It's ridiculous that it hasn't already been sorted. As Rudy said, "POP3 sucks".

warwagon said,
Oh god. Time to confuse all your stupid users again with another new look?

Hah, that was my first thought, but I have a feeling they're going to make it much simpler if they really want to make sure it stacks up to the competition.

Not that big of a deal to me personally, though. I use Windows Live Mail for my Hotmail account.

warwagon said,
Oh god. Time to confuse all your stupid users again with another new look?
I wouldn't mind if it is Metro, though.
Or Ribbonized like Outlook.