Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4 M3 screenshots galore – in French

By LiveSide | In News | Posted April 19, 2010 6 comments

Just a few days ago, we showed you brand new screenshots of Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3 Milestone 3 build. Today a French website got their hands on a handful of more Hotmail Wave 4 screenshots – only they’re in French. Here’s some of them we’ve found interesting that reveals features we haven’t shown you before:

Conversation View
Conversation view

The new Hotmail Wave 4 Milestone 3 user interface is much more cleaner, and this is the first time we’ve seen how the conversation view actually looks in the preview pane.

Advanced E-mail Search – powered by Bing
Bing E-mail Search

Search within Hotmail is much more improved. You can now search your emails using different criterion such as From, To, Subject, Folders, Keywords, Date ranges and With/Without attachments.

Improved Quick Add
Quick add

Comparing to the Wave 3 Quick add menu (Maps, Restaurants, Movie times, Images, Videos, and Business listings), the Wave 4 Quick add menu has been revised as to what can be added. Clip art and Webpages are amongst the new items that you can add, while it appears that the current Restaurants and Business listings has been consolidated as “Maps and places”.

The Quick add feature is also much less intrusive now. The Quick add pane will not appear until you select an option in the “Insert From Bing” menu, and the pane can now be turned off (with the X on the top-right). Oh and did you notice that the banner ad on the right can now be closed too in Hotmail?

Close ad

Office Web Apps integration

As we reported earlier, Office Web Apps will be integrated right within Hotmail, allowing you to preview and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote attachments right from Hotmail. It was reported that if you want to edit the document online, the attachment will be transferred to SkyDrive first. However, if you just want to view the document, you can preview it with Office Web Apps right within Hotmail without any loss of fidelity.

What do you think of the new UI and features? Did you notice anything else that we haven’t mentioned here or in our previous Hotmail Wave 4 articles? Let us know by commenting below!

Posted April 19th, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Category: News
Tags: Hotmail, Wave 4, Windows Live
  • derviskemal

    That banner ad just ruins the whole experience for me. It squashes everything.. but, is that some ‘close ad’ text i can see at the bottom of it?!

    • Greg Edwards

      If you dislike the banner ad, you can always install IE7Pro and then grab Cipher’s Live Hotmail Companion 1.52 user script, which does a nice job of hiding the ad automatically.

      • Chris

        or if you use Firefox install the ad on Ad blocker plus.

  • JohnCz

    Really nice job with the UI. I especially appreciate the advanced Search functionality. From the Compose Message screen, I’m curious if the insert Attachment will let you browse for a SkyDrive document. Extremely minor but I noticed that in this french version, the Docs and Photos menu items are flipped. Also, to date I don’t believe I have seen any Wave 4 images that indicate where the profile photo will be displayed. Currently in Hotmail, its a thumbnail image next to your name on the top right. I wonder if they moved that to the top left. Still to be determined, what if any enhancements have been made to Bing Toolbar and Live Spaces.

  • elnicoya

    I like the new location of Quick Add. I use Gmaill, but LOVE Quick Add in Hotmail! I wish Google would implement something like it in Gmail (Gmail has a cheap copy of Quick Add, but it’s not that good).

    I still don’t like the location of the ad, though. On a non-widescreen monitor, that ad kind of squishes the three vertical pane layout, so I use a more traditional message list above, preview pane below layout in Hotmail.

  • aplkorex

    wow. i’ve been a ridiculed Windows Live promoter for years… I’m growing so tired of ‘screenshots’ and ‘insider reports’ while the rest of the world speeds along. The vaporware is killing me. Between that and the fact that no one seems to know what level of integration will exist between WinLive and WP7S, I’m one step closer to a stinkin’ Android phone and relying 100% on Google solutions. Come on MS! Kick it up a notch, please!
    A hopelessly lost and dejected WinMo and WinLive fan who is growing tired.