New Hotmail begins rolling out

According to the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft has begun rolling out its much anticipated Wave 4 revision of its popular Hotmail cloud-based webmail service. Slowly but surely, users will begin seeing the new features. The upgrade will take place over the course summer. There is no word as to when it will be complete. As Neowin previously explained in much detail, the new version of Hotmail is set rival Gmail in many ways.

Until now, Hotmail's feature set hasn't been much to write home about. Hotmail Wave 4 will include the following enhancements:

  • Better "gray mail" filtering
  • Send files via SkyDrive (new 10 GB attachment limit)
  • Integrated Office Web Apps
  • Better mobile experience, including Push
  • Conversation view (sort of like Gmail)
  • Sweep feature
  • Active Views
  • Security improvements

If the new features aren't showing up in your Hotmail yet, be patient. Microsoft is upgrading its servers one cluster at a time. Assuming things run smoothly with the initial upgrades, they will continue pushing out the features to other clusters. The process is not being done on a per user basis. For a quick look at what Hotmail Wave 4 has to offer, check out the video below or checkout our Hotmail review.

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I thought we all got our interface from the same servers.
must be from region to region (countries)

I'm in Canada and still waiting...

StefanoBlaschke said,
-Send files via SkyDrive (new 10 GB attachment limit) = "The new pirate download servers"

They have a 50mb per file limit. So that makes things a little tough

I switched to Gmail years ago, but my god Hotmail is looking really nice. Seems superior to Gmail now. I really like how Microsoft is integrating all their online and offline software.

Sucks for the moment I can only have one exchange account on my EVO 4G. Come on Froyo

It's nice they are moving towards these features. IMAP is a little slow and its not Active Sync so the exchange feature is nice.

How long for the roll out? and am I right to assume that Windows Live Skydrive/Live Office will work with the 'save on web' function of Office 2010 i.e. I save it to Live Skydrive and can share it for editing with friends?

The Patri0t said,
How long for the roll out? and am I right to assume that Windows Live Skydrive/Live Office will work with the 'save on web' function of Office 2010 i.e. I save it to Live Skydrive and can share it for editing with friends?

I recall reading somewhere that it would take about six weeks to complete the roll out.

Since I have been a Microsoft fan for over 10 years , it has always taken them a while to roll out updates. Hotmail taking the longest. I wonder when the upgrade to Windows Live Mobile (Internet Version) and Windows Live Mobile (Application Version) are coming? Right now with all the upgrades some services are not working properly on the mobile applications.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Since I have been a Microsoft fan for over 10 years , it has always taken them a while to roll out updates. Hotmail taking the longest. I wonder when the upgrade to Windows Live Mobile (Internet Version) and Windows Live Mobile (Application Version) are coming? Right now with all the upgrades some services are not working properly on the mobile applications.

WL Mobile Web services were available starting last week (except Hotmail). I'd have no idea on when a new mobile app will be available.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Since I have been a Microsoft fan for over 10 years , it has always taken them a while to roll out updates. Hotmail taking the longest. I wonder when the upgrade to Windows Live Mobile (Internet Version) and Windows Live Mobile (Application Version) are coming? Right now with all the upgrades some services are not working properly on the mobile applications.
I just checked http://wl.windowsmobile.com and didn't see a new version up there. I wonder if this hotmail upgrade will bring anything new to mobiles, probably not.

Killerj said,
Reported this almost 10hours back on Forums. Now it on the Frontpage. That was quick >.<

*Yawn*

Maybe you could have sent a news tip in or become a newsie and written the article yourself? If you have no desire to write articles for Neowin, maybe you can't complain about the speed at which articles are submitted/approved?

Calum said,

*Yawn*

Maybe you could have sent a news tip in or become a newsie and written the article yourself? If you have no desire to write articles for Neowin, maybe you can't complain about the speed at which articles are submitted/approved?

I have no idea how articles get approved. I have no idea where to submit articles. I infact do not have sufficient time to write articles, Or i would have made it easy for you. I did PM "Andrew Lyle". Maybe he thought it wasnt really worth making the frontpage or he was expecting a fully written article instead of just the tip. Anyways, I've got my lesson. Wont contact you guyz, Unless i can write and make it easy for you.

chorpeac said,
Did you have to log out to see the changes, or will they automagically appear when the update is pushed?

If it works like the other Live services, it'll just get pushed out

chorpeac said,
Did you have to log out to see the changes, or will they automagically appear when the update is pushed?

They'll automatically appear when you check one day, even if you stay logged in

Looks nice, but I switched to gmail 5 years ago. Hotmail is just now catching up...I still use my hotmail account for junk accounts and rarely check it

rootedroid said,
Looks nice, but I switched to gmail 5 years ago. Hotmail is just now catching up...I still use my hotmail account for junk accounts and rarely check it

damn another useless comment about quitting hotmail. Do you guys even know when not to comment?

tablet_user said,

damn another useless comment about quitting hotmail. Do you guys even know when not to comment?

Quit whiny, you guys do it on Apple posts, so get over it

tablet_user said,

damn another useless comment about quitting hotmail. Do you guys even know when not to comment?

So any comment that doesn't contribute to a circle jerk is useless? I'm pretty sure you act in the opposite way when people are bashing Apple.

lordcanti86 said,

No, but it'll use ActiveSync/Exchange so that's even better

Is that better? Say for an iPhone and the syncing? Would it push the email to the phone?

root.tom said,

Is that better? Say for an iPhone and the syncing? Would it push the email to the phone?

Yes it will push email to the phone. Iuse exchange in work. That is how I get my work email It is great. Once iOS 4 is release I will be able to add my hotmail account to it :-)

ObiWanToby said,
Will push work for clients like Outlook natively? That'd be sweet.

Outlook has an add-on from Microsoft called the "Outlook Hotmail Connector" which syncronises Hotmail email, calendar and contacts with Outlook. I've been using it for years to give people a view to my calendar.

Given the continued focus on the connector, I'm guessing that Hotmail won't have the public Exchange/MAPI support that you'd need for push.

Still not got it, its going to take a lot to make me move from gmail.

I mainly use my live.com email for just signing up for stuff these days as I have found gmail comes with less spam....

I just checked, and I don't have it yet either. I'm looking forward to it though since it looks like a very nice update.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
LOL Maybe just switch to Gmail

why would you recommend someone go backwards? thats like saying "Losing the race drive in reverse"

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
LOL Maybe just switch to Gmail

LOL Maybe not?

It seems silly to switch to an inferior service just because one has to wait a couple more days/weeks

I closed all my hotmail accounts years ago...too many ads and too slow.
Gmail is faster and has much better features!

Baked said,
I closed all my hotmail accounts years ago...too many ads and too slow.
Gmail is faster and has much better features!

This article is definitely NOT about Gmail.
I have a Hotmail and Gmail account, and I much prefer Hotmail.

Baked said,
I closed all my hotmail accounts years ago...too many ads and too slow.
Gmail is faster and has much better features!

thought it was talking about hotmail not people that quit hotmail. Guess i didnt read the whole article.

Baked said,
I closed all my hotmail accounts years ago...too many ads and too slow.
Gmail is faster and has much better features!

Some people just wait for their turn to talk......

agreenbhm said,
IDK if I have it. Any solid way to tell?

Check in the top-left where your name is; if there is a display picture or display picture frame there and only your forename (or whatever you've set as your full name), you haven't got it. The new update places your full name there with no picture (although it does display your Messenger presence)