Microsoft Shows Off Redesigned Hotmail

Microsoft has begun dropping hints about what the revamped Windows Live service will look like. First it offered a preview of the next iteration of the Windows Live Messenger IM client, and now the company is offering details about the redesign of Hotmail.

The new Web-based e-mail client will allow users to store documents online through its SkyDrive offering, and will also provide access to Office Web Apps, the cloud-based versions of Microsoft’s productivity suite. Datamation takes a look.

Microsoft this week offered a preview of the next release of its Windows Live Hotmail service and client as the company prepares to refresh several of its Windows Live consumer and small business products.

The move comes only three weeks after Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer showed off an upcoming update to the Windows Live Messenger instant messaging client during a speech in Brazil.

“These days, you’re getting more e-mail than ever — e-mail that often requires you to leave your inbox to complete an action,” Dick Craddock, group program manager for Windows Live Hotmail, said in a post to the Windows Team Blog on Tuesday. “You’re getting bigger and bigger attachments, and you’re using smart phones where you want to sync not only your e-mail, but your contacts and calendar, too.”

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Microsoft Previews New Live Hotmail Features

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