Serving as one component of Microsoft Office Live, Office Live Mail provides users with the ability to read and recieve emails from any internet-connected computer in the world. Ideal for those on the move, Office Live Mail can be accessed from either a web browser or Outlook 2000/2003. Here are some things to expect upon the release of the beta:
- Free and Subscriber (paid) accounts will be available for Office Live Mail. The main difference between the two types of accounts is the amount of storage that you get. The free account provides 250MB, while the subscriber account will give you 2GB. Definately comparable to the pay/free model that Hotmail currently uses.
- Outlook 2000 and 2003 access via HTTP. This will presumably be available upon release, but it is noted as a "trial service."
- Use Office Live Mail to manage your POP accounts. For MSN Plus, MSN Premium, and Microsoft Office Live Mail Subscriber accounts, you can read messages from another POP account via Office Live Mail.
- Save messages to a local machine. If you find yourself running low on storage space, you can save messages from your Microsoft Office Live Mail account to your local computer to free up some space. This feature can also be used if you will need to read messages while offline.
- Up to 100 Favorite Contacts and Quicknames. This provides a unique identifier for any contact which you designate as a Favorite Contact or assign a Quickname to. There's definately a lot to be excited about there, so we'll be on the lookout for the official release of Office Live Mail. I'll leave you with a few teasers.