Windows Live Hotmail wave 3 rollout begins

As we reported on last week, Microsoft has been prepping a big refresh for Windows Live Hotmail users. Starting this week, users should begin noticing changes to their interface. Due to the huge user base and multiple servers that power Hotmail, not all users will get the new interface at once.

Over on the Windows Live Wire, Microsoft has further outlined some of those changes. Along with an improved look, one that merges some of the fast loading features of the "classic" interface along with the enhanced features of the last version, Microsoft claims that the new interface is up to 70% faster than the previous version.

Live Calendar has also been improved, including enhanced calendar sharing and iCal subscriptions to public calendars. Calendar also now syncs with the Windows Live Mail beta and Microsoft Outlook when using the Outlook Connector addin. Also included are to-do lists that allow you to manage both personal and shared tasks between contacts.

Screenshot: Windows Live Hotmail, wave 3

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I have three Hotmail accounts:

co102w.col102.mail.live.com <- Updated
co107w.col107.mail.live.com <- Not updated
by121w.bay121.mail.live.com <- Not updated

I really like the new interface. Can't wait for all my accounts to switch over.

hope its a bit smoother with opera. when i click it tends to highlight all the text on the left side menu and in the emails themselves. or if i'm writing an email it'll strip all the formatting out when it sends. minor issues but good to get them ironed out.

I hope we can change the colours, that screenshot is bland - and the persons emails are typical of Microsoft - "Meet baby Kevin" and "RE: I had a wonderful time", ha, errrrm...

PsykX I can never see Hotmail being accesible via POP - Are you sure you cant access Hotmail via your iPod?

It was about time it looked like Outlook :|
Finally I will like consulting my email via HTTP... but POP would be great for my iPod Touch.

I have two Hotmail accounts and neither have been updated. One uses bay108 and the other uses bay126. I am using the new Calendar beta with one of my accounts, and that has the new interface.

(Kreuger said @ #7)
They really need to work on Firefox support. I'm sick of the "you should upgrade your browser" messages.

You know they supported Firefox with the current version huh?
FF support has been around for more than a year now.

(MMaster23 said @ #7.1)

You know they supported Firefox with the current version huh?
FF support has been around for more than a year now.

Yeah supposedly but they still always complain about it being incompatible. It worked for a time now it says I need to upgrade again

Firefox works perfectly fine with Hotmail. I use FF exclusively, and I log into Hotmail all the time. I always get the "full" version and everything works correctly and everything is displayed properally. Are you using FF 3? I believe there are still some issues using FF 2.

(hewitt s. said @ #7.3)
Firefox works perfectly fine with Hotmail. I use FF exclusively, and I log into Hotmail all the time. I always get the "full" version and everything works correctly and everything is displayed properally. Are you using FF 3? I believe there are still some issues using FF 2.
Yep. 3.0.3. It's been like this since at least 3.0.1.

The same goes for Safari... It tells me to upgrade to IE7 if I have Safari or FF... more like a DOWNgrade to me. I can't be more annoyed by these kind of messages.

I should know this by now but what does wave mean? Beta, pre-beta, RC...I've never seen any other software releases use the term wave before.

Edit: I guess no one else knows either, or they don't want to tell me. :P

(Skyfrog said @ #4)
I should know this by now but what does wave mean? Beta, pre-beta, RC...I've never seen any other software releases use the term wave before.

Edit: I guess no one else knows either, or they don't want to tell me. :P

Wave 3 is like generation 3 of the Live services suite.

Anyone know the server addresses yet? Usually you can reach the new version by using other server than Hotmail gives you.

I'm using by117w.bay117.mail.live.com .. still the old one.

(Sam said @ #1)
I was going to comment on the lack of a title, but I couldn't, as there was no title :p

Yeah, not sure what happened, must have been a blip in the CMS because I put one in, previewed the story to make some edits, then when I posted it wasn't there. Had to go find the ID of the story, replace the ID in the edit address of another page so I could open it up and fix it.