According to a blog post at the official Brazilian Windows blog, Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4 starts rolling out today to the 47 million Hotmail users worldwide. (Thanks for the tip Anderson C.!) Here’s what the translated version of the blog post says:
A few weeks ago we talked about some of the novelties of the new Windows Live Hotmail, developed with tools that allow people to manage in a practical manner the accumulation of messages in their inboxes as well as save time on common tasks.
From today, the updates will be released to users of the service. This means that soon you will have access to news as:
1. Your inbox cleaner and organised: Features how to clear filters from a click and search suggestion.
2. Tasks day facilitated: Have attached photos without having to worry about size, watch videos from YouTube and Hulu range without leaving message, Quickview attachments.
3. Integration with Office: Access to Office Web Apps via Hotmail. In addition, there is integration with Messenger within the browser.
This process happens gradually until mid-August for more than 47 million users of Windows Live Hotmail. Therefore, so if you still can not see them, do not worry, soon you will have access to all news.
Have you gotten access to the new Hotmail yet? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
Quick Update: Looks like we beat the official Inside Windows Live blog post to it, but Mike Schackwitz, Program Manager of Hotmail team, has made the official announcement too. Head over there for a good read as to the reasons why not all accounts are upgrading at once, and why it takes almost 2 months for the upgrade to be complete. Oh and take note that “Office integration will first roll out to Hotmail customers in the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland first, and then to customers in other countries later this year.”