Hotmail to begin rollout of new, faster release

By Kip Kniskern | In Featured, News | Posted September 25, 2008 59 comments

Windows Live Hotmail will begin to roll out an update starting today.  The new release does away with the “full” and “classic” versions, and combines the two into a simpler, faster service.  Included in the new release:

  • Enhanced address book, allowing customers to easily see emails they’ve exchanged with contacts and keep contacts in one consolidated place to use across Windows Live services.
  • Ever Increasing Storage – 5 GB to start, with an additional 500 MB per month if customers hit their limit
  • Integrated web-based IM with Windows Live Messenger*
  • Improved spam fighting technologies that significantly reduce spam.
  • Integrated calendar features and Outlook Connector.

*Some features will take several months to reach all users globally

Leave us a note in the comments if you’re seeing a new, improved Hotmail

Posted September 25th, 2008 at 7:38 pm
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Hotmail
  • http://www.jonathanyaniv.com jonathanyaniv

    Nothing yet….

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/vdelvecchio/default.aspx vdelvecchio

    Nothing yet here, either.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/cleitondj/default.aspx cleitondj

    same wave old here LOL

  • http://www.redmondpie.com Imran Hussain

    ok, I’m still seeing the old Hotmail and it suddenly doesn’t look nice in anticipation of the one!

  • http://www.liamdaly.co.uk DN2004

    Cool, same old thing here too

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/surilamin/default.aspx surilamin

    Same old here…

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Drazick/default.aspx Drazick

    Does it include messenger conversation log just like Gtalk?
    I wanna be able to keep my logs in my hotmail account.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/natenovs/default.aspx natenovs

    ive got the updated hotmail.

    it looks like the new calendar.
    integrate messenger, its not quite like gmail’s chat, but you can go through you contant list and im people that are online.
    you can pop from other email accounts
    it is definately faster – and works great with ie7/ie8/ff3

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/DN2004/default.aspx DN2004

    I am curious what bay are you on I know the bay trick no longer works but gives me an idea if its going in bay order or not

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/DN2004/default.aspx DN2004

    Also not that I use chrome, but I noticed I had issues when I tested chrome with hotmail, does it work fine in that?

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/orionll/default.aspx orionll

    Yay!

    Nothing here, though, yet…

    What bays are they running on?

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/BV2312/default.aspx BV2312

    Do this, if your change then list the bay location of ur hotmail account which can be obtained from ur url… Nothin on bay131

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/BV2312/default.aspx BV2312

    Nothing on bay117 or Bay115

  • http://www.c0rk.com C0rk

    I haven’t seen anything yet, but I agree w/ imhassan ~ the old version just doesn’t seem as cool when you know the new look is out there somewhere.

    I’m also enrolled in Hotmail Plus (no ads) so I wonder if it will be rolled to that audience differently.

    I’ll alert you when I see a new look. Thank you for the heads up!

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/luisfelipe/default.aspx luisfelipe

    natenovs, please, tell us what bay are you using and show us screenshots, please!
    thanks!

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/orionll/default.aspx orionll

    Oh, and still old on bay 135.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Hb8/default.aspx Hb8

    I’ve got it on my Hotmail, had the WebMessenger control for a day, but it appears to have disappeared. Guess they’re rolling it out only on certain bays or what not

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Hb8/default.aspx Hb8

    Umm, scratch that. It’s back again. Wasn’t there this morning.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/luisfelipe/default.aspx luisfelipe

    Hi Hb8! Can you show us screenshots?
    thanks!

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Alber1690/default.aspx Alber1690

    I can easily say never for me…that’s how MSN Premium users are treated nowadays…*sigh*.

  • damaster

    nothing on bay128, 117 or 104

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/vdelvecchio/default.aspx vdelvecchio

    Nothing yet on bays 111, 117 and 106

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Hb8/default.aspx Hb8

    Actually, as much as I’d like to write about the changes (not just Hotmail has changed, my whole online Live pages have changed as well), According to the email I’ve received from a Windows Live Community Manager, I’m actually under an embargo until an as yet unspecified time. I’m sure others who are also participating in the limited beta can attest to this as well.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/tophtucker/default.aspx tophtucker

    Bay 105 is still Wave 2 and proud of it, haha.

    Actually, that’s a lie. Bay 105 cries itself to sleep at night out of envy of the Wave 3 bays.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/BTNH-Fan/default.aspx BTNH Fan

    Nothing here, still the same old header.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Khristopher/default.aspx Khristopher

    I like how the entry says to leave a comment if you ARE seeing the new changes, but 98% of the comments are saying they are not seeing the changes yet.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/nnbe/default.aspx nnbe

    Me too, nothing new yet. Hope it’s worth waiting.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/stijnkoppelmans/default.aspx stijnkoppelmans

    Not on the following bays:
    114
    104
    126
    blu137

    No idea wat blu is, but 137 says blu instead of bay

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/alsiladka/default.aspx alsiladka

    Nothing on bay 143 either!

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/sp1der/default.aspx sp1der

    nothing also on bl110w.blu110.mail.live.com

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/luisfelipe/default.aspx luisfelipe

    no wave 3 in 113, 124 too.

  • http://ranpha.wordpress.com ranpha
  • http://www.liveside.net/members/stijnkoppelmans/default.aspx stijnkoppelmans

    Thought I’d make a list of old bays.
    So we have an idea of which bays may have changed to Wave 3
    104; 105; 106; 110; 111; 112; 114; 115; 117; 119; 124; 126; 128; 130; 135; 137; 143

  • nemove15

    Nothing on bay 128

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/vdelvecchio/default.aspx vdelvecchio

    OK….so…..where’s this new, faster release? Anyone? Bueler? Bueler?

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/DN2004/default.aspx DN2004

    @vdelvecchio

    I am sure it will take days maybe even weeks to roll out to everyone. I very much doubt it will be instant, they will do it bay by bay like last time

  • nemove15

    Nothing on blu115

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/JSYOUNG571/default.aspx JSYOUNG571

    No change so far. I wonder for Hotmail Plus is our space going to be increase some more since the regular Hotmail is being increased?

  • damaster

    From LiveSino, picturepan2’s Hotmail account has been upgraded to the new Wave 3 release. Bay136

    http://livesino.net/images/WindowsLiveHotmail_11F58/hotmail_3.png

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/cleitondj/default.aspx cleitondj

    Ok Today I’ve got up to date my new WAVE 3

    more fast really!!

    screenshots of my wave3 mailbox (p.s. portuguese Brazil language)
    http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/6109/hotmailwave3nb1.jpg

    http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/1909/hotmailwave32es9.jpg

    :)

  • http://liveside.net/members/nikhil_5F00_jain/default.aspx nikhil_jain

    @ damaster & @ cleitondj

    Thnx fr these SC. But i cnn’t find IM in these SC.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/DN2004/default.aspx DN2004

    IM will only be available in certain counties, Brazil is probably not one of them

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/teaumaz/default.aspx teaumaz

    Does Hotmail now automatically check for new e-mail or you still have to manually click the “check mail” button?

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/BV2312/default.aspx BV2312

    @cleitondj whats the version number of the new hotmail?

    thanks

    Still nothing on bay117 or Bay115 and 131 (maybe we should do a wiki of all hotmail bays?)

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/luisfelipe/default.aspx luisfelipe

    I read what is written in the announcement that cleitondj posted. It’s written that the integration with Messenger and new options of integration with calendar will be available until the beginning 2009

    @ Cleiton: Vc é do Brasil?

  • http://www.shrenik.spaces.live.com Shrenik

    Apparently, the WL Hotmail team blog has come up with a post on the upgrade which again takes us to LiveWire blog…

    http://mailcall.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!CC9301187A51FE33!49708.entry

    and

    http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2F7EB29B42641D59!7426.entry

    and it seems manually changing the bays is not working this time…i am on 117, tried changing to 136, but was again sent back to 117!!!

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/BV2312/default.aspx BV2312
  • http://www.liveside.net/members/DN2004/default.aspx DN2004

    When it launches I mean and then will be rolled out to more.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/WindowsFan/default.aspx WindowsFan

    Nothing new yet on bay 139.

    I sure hope that signing out will be faster, too. And I hope it will stop taking you to MSN, or at least allow you to change it.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Edgar-J_2E00_/default.aspx Edgar J.

    wow, no update here :'(

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/BV2312/default.aspx BV2312

    Plus the weekend is coming up…. NOOOOOOOOOO

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/cleitondj/default.aspx cleitondj

    @ luisfelipe yes brazilian from Brazil :)

    @ BV2312 – I dont know to see version.. sorry, how to?

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/orionll/default.aspx orionll

    Bays 135, 144, 117 aren’t on wave 3.

    col103 and blu117 aren’t on wave 3 wither…

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Edgar-J_2E00_/default.aspx Edgar J.

    No update here, can anyone send screenshot of the Web Messenger?

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/zaf/default.aspx zaf

    bay 131 not working yet.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/BV2312/default.aspx BV2312

    @cleitondj if you go to the main page on hotmail wave 3 and go to View, Source somwhere in the ‘frameset’ it will have the version.. don;t wory about it if you can’t do it

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Abood/default.aspx Abood

    Nothing on bay 122

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/JSYOUNG571/default.aspx JSYOUNG571

    On the Windows Live Hotmail Blog majority of all people are complaining about the upgrade. They are demanding that Microsoft switch them back to the original hotmail. There are complaints that they can’t open their emails, see their folders, or send email.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/cleitondj/default.aspx cleitondj

    @BV2312

    13.2.0230.0925 build version

    =]