New Windows Live Wave 4 screenshots emerge

Liveside is reporting that new screenshots of Windows Live Mail Wave 4 have surfaced, as well as a bunch of features that will be integrated into various products. They have also uncovered that Windows Live Mail Wave 4 may have fully integrated GMail support for archiving, labels and stars too, making it the first mail client to officially support these features.

Information about Windows Live Wave 4 is slowly trickling in - a few weeks ago Neowin revealed the new Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 UI, along with a bunch of features, such as better Windows 7 superbar integration, as well as tabbed chats which is a very frequently requested feature (even though some 3rd party applications offer to add it for you).

Mail screenshots have surfaced previously, but these new screenshots show the UI has come much further from a few short weeks ago. As you can see in the new screenshots below, Windows Live mail is now fully integrated with the ribbon UI, much like Outlook 2010. The new build also sports a calendar in the right sidebar, very much similar to that in Outlook 2010 - except this calendar comes straight from your Windows Live calendar.

The build of Windows Live Mail also shows it finally has conversation view, a much needed feature, especially if the company is going for better GMail integration. Take a closer look at the conversation view below.

Conversation View

Windows Live Wave 4

Please remember that while these screenshots are real, the UI may change, and will likely not reflect the final product upon release. The first public beta is expected within the next two months.

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Xilo said,
I love Windows Live Mail. It's usable and not bloated like Outlook.

I agree and that's why I use it all the time... when I'm in Windows ;)

While I thought WLM had a simple interface, I'm glad they're finally going with the Ribbon. Brings the best of both worlds, the menu bar and the command bar. Most people probably aren't aware of the menu bar in WLM.

I think hotmail should get a star feature before they start supporting other peoples' implementation. In outlook you can sure as hell flag mails, they need to add that to WML and hotmail.

Looking good, and I hope more stable than current Windows Live Mail which occasionally hangs ... also thought we would have seen the beta by now ....

I liked Windows Live Mail but ditched because it was a bit hard to do a backup/restore

Outlook 2010 on the other hand does it "automatically" as long as you don't remove your pst file

Frylock86 said,
Looks great! I srsly can't wait to get this

<------ Huge fan of the ribbon UI

Same here - I'm a Mac user but I am a big fan of the ribbon UI - I want to see Microsoft over haul their whole UI for all their products so that there is a consistent UI being used.

Screw what the noisy geeks say - push forward with superior UI design for the majority rather than the minority.

rawr_boy81 said,

Same here - I'm a Mac user but I am a big fan of the ribbon UI - I want to see Microsoft over haul their whole UI for all their products so that there is a consistent UI being used.

Screw what the noisy geeks say - push forward with superior UI design for the majority rather than the minority.

Amen brother :D

I wonder if Microsoft check's Neowin's user response, cause it seems after we said the very early design sucked, they changed a lot better with the recent changes.

Regarding the conversation view in Windows Live Mail (WLM), I hope that adopt it within Windows Live Hotmail quickly, as I can't use WLM at work and it's the only big feature of Gmail I'd really like. Makes the Inbox so much tidier!

I use Windows Live Mail all the time and it will be a welcomed changed to see a much improved interface and integration of the Ribbon. Cannot wait for the Beta!

Will definitely give it a whirl when the public beta arrives. The screenies look neat, very close to Outlook which I'm using now. Hope I can transfer all my contacts/calendar events easily and sync them with my Nokia phone, otherwise it's a no-go for me.

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